Billecart-Salmon

Sous Bois Brut Champagne

9.2154 ratings
9.250 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
Shay A
9.2

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

I snagged a few of these after the Billecart Salmon dinner a few months ago and have slowly checked in on them. In profile, this is more opulent and rich compared to Billecart’s traditionally more lean style. I’d compare this to Bollinger’s Special Cuvee with a touch more caramel. Aromatically, it’s yeasty and bold with buttered English breakfast biscuits, lemon confit, powdered lemon bar and roasted almonds. On the palate, it’s sporting chalky limestone, caramel dipped apple and Mexican vanilla with a hint of marzipan. The mousse here is very fizzy, almost creamy. If you enjoy Billecart’s style but wish for a tad more body/richness to it, this is for you.

A few fun 4th Friday wines from tonight.

I snagged a few of these after the Billecart Salmon dinner a few months ago and have slowly checked in on them. In profile, this is more opulent and rich compared to Billecart’s traditionally more lean style. I’d compare this to Bollinger’s Special Cuvee with a touch more caramel. Aromatically, it’s yeasty and bold with buttered English breakfast biscuits, lemon confit, powdered lemon bar and roasted almonds. On the palate, it’s sporting chalky limestone, caramel dipped apple and Mexican vanilla with a hint of marzipan. The mousse here is very fizzy, almost creamy. If you enjoy Billecart’s style but wish for a tad more body/richness to it, this is for you.

Dec 28th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

For me, this is food champagne. It needs food & excels with the right food. Tonight, it was fantastic with brined turkey and well seasoned stuffing. Crazy good food pairing.

Thanksgiving part II.

For me, this is food champagne. It needs food & excels with the right food. Tonight, it was fantastic with brined turkey and well seasoned stuffing. Crazy good food pairing.

Thanksgiving part II.

Nov 30th, 2019
Michael Herzog

Beautiful with food. Nice acidity and just the right amount of dosage.

Beautiful with food. Nice acidity and just the right amount of dosage.

Jan 28th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.1

Third wine we tasted after our tour at Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the domains history and all the wines.

Light golden yellow and lively. A touch sweet on the nose with marzipan and nutty notes. Medium plus acidity (6.5/10) and medium bodied. Oak definitely felt on the palate with some nutty and cream elements. Some citrus fruits too in the long finish. Drink till 2023.

This bottling was started in 2012 and is made up of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunièr. 100% of the fruit is vinified in barrel with on 7 grams of sugar. Aged for 7 years on the lees.

Third wine we tasted after our tour at Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Our tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable about the domains history and all the wines.

Light golden yellow and lively. A touch sweet on the nose with marzipan and nutty notes. Medium plus acidity (6.5/10) and medium bodied. Oak definitely felt on the palate with some nutty and cream elements. Some citrus fruits too in the long finish. Drink till 2023.

This bottling was started in 2012 and is made up of equal parts Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunièr. 100% of the fruit is vinified in barrel with on 7 grams of sugar. Aged for 7 years on the lees.

Dec 14th, 2017
Andrew Holod

National Sales Grapes of Spain

9.2

Vinous, deep and long.

Vinous, deep and long.

Aug 26th, 2017
Thomas Weston

Great tart apple, super bright and fun. Fairly light with an incredible "growing" carbonation.

Great tart apple, super bright and fun. Fairly light with an incredible "growing" carbonation.

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2013
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

9.1

The cuvée has some oak toast oaky notes hazelnut and rich brioche notes to the tree and citrus fruit with notes of coco. A bit aggressive with oak and a bit more effervescence but has balance despite the weight and distinct oak toasty. A heavy style with a long finish. Excellent

The cuvée has some oak toast oaky notes hazelnut and rich brioche notes to the tree and citrus fruit with notes of coco. A bit aggressive with oak and a bit more effervescence but has balance despite the weight and distinct oak toasty. A heavy style with a long finish. Excellent

1 person found it helpfulOct 25th, 2013
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

The Sous is oak fermented and then put into bottle. It must be neutral as you don't sense the oak It's full bodied with micro fizz. Poached pear, lemon parfait, citrus, lightly bruised red apple, silvered almond, butter, brioche, fig, steel core, nice subtle acidity with a round finish of cream soda/ginger ale. It's nice but doesn't fall deeply into my champagne wheel house.

The Sous is oak fermented and then put into bottle. It must be neutral as you don't sense the oak It's full bodied with micro fizz. Poached pear, lemon parfait, citrus, lightly bruised red apple, silvered almond, butter, brioche, fig, steel core, nice subtle acidity with a round finish of cream soda/ginger ale. It's nice but doesn't fall deeply into my champagne wheel house.

Jan 14th, 2017
Charlie Beatty

Buyer wineworksonline.com

9.3

Trying this its a little different style. Done in neutral oak for 6 months it has almost a Demi Sec flavor profile! Touch of Rich fruit sweetness but still using the Best grapes available! Totally Delicious!! CB 93+ WineWorks Master Class with Staff!!!!

Trying this its a little different style. Done in neutral oak for 6 months it has almost a Demi Sec flavor profile! Touch of Rich fruit sweetness but still using the Best grapes available! Totally Delicious!! CB 93+ WineWorks Master Class with Staff!!!!

Mar 24th, 2016
Ross Cobb

Owner/Winemaker Cobb Wines, Winemaker Hirsch Vineyards, Claypool Cellars, Banshee Wines

9.2

Great

Great

Aug 1st, 2015