Billecart-Salmon

Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Brut Champagne Blend

9.349 ratings
9.49 pro ratings
Champagne, France
Champagne Blend
Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cake & Cream, Soft Cheese, Hard Cheese, Salads & Greens, Salami & Prosciutto, Pork, Fish, Chicken, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Nuts & Seeds, Fruit & Berries, Beans & Peas, Exotic Spices, Turkey, Pungent Cheese, Shellfish, Oyster
Top Notes For
Ron R
9.3

Freshly toasted bread on the nose. Notes of baked apple on the nose. Pin-point bubbles dance on the tongue. Moderate oak treatment completes a classic bubbly example.

Freshly toasted bread on the nose. Notes of baked apple on the nose. Pin-point bubbles dance on the tongue. Moderate oak treatment completes a classic bubbly example.

Apr 17th, 2021
Ira Schwartz

Opened to celebrate my great-nephew’s bris. A wonderful combination of freshness and purity . A bodacious wine that is never trashy. Nice acidic cut that enhances the ripe fruit. A lasting finish . Thanks @Randy Lampert , a very proud dad.

Opened to celebrate my great-nephew’s bris. A wonderful combination of freshness and purity . A bodacious wine that is never trashy. Nice acidic cut that enhances the ripe fruit. A lasting finish . Thanks @Randy Lampert , a very proud dad.

Apr 15th, 2021
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

This is really delicious...can’t believe it was on sale under $100.

Happy New Year All. 🍾🥂🥳🎉🎊 Goodbye 2020!

Previous notes from 2 months or so will work.

12.31.2020

This is really delicious...can’t believe it was on sale under $100.

Happy New Year All. 🍾🥂🥳🎉🎊 Goodbye 2020!

Previous notes from 2 months or so will work.

12.31.2020

Jan 1st, 2021
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9.7

The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (Originally published in August 2020) (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020)

The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (Originally published in August 2020) (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, November 2020)

Nov 20th, 2020
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Nose reveals macerated fruits of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice, limestone & volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, notes of melted brown sugar with white flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The mouthfeel is lush & beautiful. The mousse so soft. The acidity is finely focused & lively. Slightly less (than the nose) macerated fruits notes of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice with perfect razor blade penetration on the tongue, Fine limestone & grey volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, melted caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, used wood presence, notes of melted brown sugar with brighter white flowers, jasmine, mixed greens, and yellow lilies than the nose.

Steal at $99.

Nose reveals macerated fruits of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice, limestone & volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, notes of melted brown sugar with white flowers, jasmine and yellow lilies.

The mouthfeel is lush & beautiful. The mousse so soft. The acidity is finely focused & lively. Slightly less (than the nose) macerated fruits notes of; green apples, pineapple, sour & macerated lemon, limes, kiwi, white peach, golden apple, candle /beeswax, understated white spice with perfect razor blade penetration on the tongue, Fine limestone & grey volcanic powder, sea fossils & spray, melted caramel, vanillin, light herbaceousness, mint, yeast, bread dough, used wood presence, notes of melted brown sugar with brighter white flowers, jasmine, mixed greens, and yellow lilies than the nose.

Steal at $99.

Oct 24th, 2020
Lee Pitofsky

Richness, elegance, freshness, biscuits, roasted nuts, apple core.

Richness, elegance, freshness, biscuits, roasted nuts, apple core.

Nov 6th, 2018
Greg Koslosky

Riper and intense with power and length . Not very elegant but rather a full-bodied Champagne .

Riper and intense with power and length . Not very elegant but rather a full-bodied Champagne .

Aug 1st, 2018
Willie Carter

Off golden color with oh so many fine little bubbles. Absolutely intoxicating aromas bursting out of the glass. Fine cheese, green apples, and boysenberry immediately followed by a whiff of violets. Gingerbread and almonds with a nice shock of grapefruit. This is ridiculous, it just keeps going. A little chalk and yeast with a bit of sage.

From a selection of Grand and Premier Cru areas in the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne and aged over ten years on lees. This is a superb standard bearer of Grand Marque vintage champagne year in and year out. Almost perfect structure and balance and all is in harmony here. 60/40 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay mostly vinified in steel tanks with a small amount done in oak. Disgorged in June of 2019.

Grace and elegance with a sturdy backbone. A bit closed in initially but given some time really opens up nicely. Cherries and pineapples with honey butter. Herbs and citrus with oak. Roasted nuts on the long, powerful finish. You already know you want this so there’s not much else I can say except, you’re right.

Off golden color with oh so many fine little bubbles. Absolutely intoxicating aromas bursting out of the glass. Fine cheese, green apples, and boysenberry immediately followed by a whiff of violets. Gingerbread and almonds with a nice shock of grapefruit. This is ridiculous, it just keeps going. A little chalk and yeast with a bit of sage.

From a selection of Grand and Premier Cru areas in the Côte des Blancs, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne and aged over ten years on lees. This is a superb standard bearer of Grand Marque vintage champagne year in and year out. Almost perfect structure and balance and all is in harmony here. 60/40 Pinot Noir/Chardonnay mostly vinified in steel tanks with a small amount done in oak. Disgorged in June of 2019.

Grace and elegance with a sturdy backbone. A bit closed in initially but given some time really opens up nicely. Cherries and pineapples with honey butter. Herbs and citrus with oak. Roasted nuts on the long, powerful finish. You already know you want this so there’s not much else I can say except, you’re right.

Nov 15th, 2021
Rob N
9.5

One of the best champagnes — almost the last of my ‘06!

One of the best champagnes — almost the last of my ‘06!

Sep 3rd, 2021
Christian Fischer

Very well rounded and nice emerging notes of aged champagne. Good continuation

Very well rounded and nice emerging notes of aged champagne. Good continuation

Aug 28th, 2021