2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, Rosé, Brut

2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, Rosé, Brut

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2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, Rosé, Brut

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Created in 1988 as a tribute to one of the houses founders, Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon's iconic 2007 Millsime Brut Ros Cuve Elisabeth displays a beautifully radiant, shimmering orange-salmon color. The bouquet of this Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend is as intense as it is delicate and vinous, displaying red and yellow-fleshed fruit intertwined with floral, chalky and citrus notes as well as a noble sur lie character. Round, lush and delicate on the palate, this is a highly elegant, charming, beautifully balanced ros with great finesse and amazingly fine grip on the long yet pure, tensioned, well-structured and stimulatingly salty finish. This ros Champagne is close to perfection! A small percentage of the Pinot Noirfrom old vines in the south-facing Valofroy parcel in Mareuil-sur-Awas vinified as red wine and added to give this unique color and vinosity. The other Pinots are sourced in the grand crus Verzenay and A, and the Chardonnay comes from grand crus in the Cte des Blancs, namely Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Tasted in November 2018, from lot L 298A826 46572 that was disgorged in May 2018.
Stephan Reinhardt - 07/12/2018

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Champagne Billecart-Salmon

Champagne Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon is one of the few remaining Champagne houses to be owned by the original family and was established in 1818 by Nicolas-François Billecart.

Most of Billecart-Salmon's fruit comes from a small vineyard holding, though this is supplemented with grapes bought in from the Marne Valley and the Montagne de Reims. Meticulous production techniques, from the use of their own cultured yeast to its long, slow, cool fermentation, ensure that the family has 100% control of production.

Billecart-Salmon is renowned for the quality of its delicate rosé, while the Brut Réserve (a blend of three vintages) is a beautifully harmonious and balanced wine. All have the ability to age very well.

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Rose Champagne

Rose Champagne

Rosé wines are produced by leaving the juice of red grapes to macerate on their skins for a brief time to extract pigments (natural colourings). However, Rosé Champagne is notable in that it is produced by the addition of a small percentage of red wine – usually Pinot Noir from the village of Bouzy – during blending.

Recommended Producers : Billecart Salmon (Elizabeth Salmon Rose), Ruinart

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Champagne Blend

Champagne Blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.


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Critics reviews

The Wine Advocate96/100
The Wine Advocate96/100
Created in 1988 as a tribute to one of the houses founders, Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon's iconic 2007 Millsime Brut Ros Cuve Elisabeth displays a beautifully radiant, shimmering orange-salmon color. The bouquet of this Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend is as intense as it is delicate and vinous, displaying red and yellow-fleshed fruit intertwined with floral, chalky and citrus notes as well as a noble sur lie character. Round, lush and delicate on the palate, this is a highly elegant, charming, beautifully balanced ros with great finesse and amazingly fine grip on the long yet pure, tensioned, well-structured and stimulatingly salty finish. This ros Champagne is close to perfection! A small percentage of the Pinot Noirfrom old vines in the south-facing Valofroy parcel in Mareuil-sur-Awas vinified as red wine and added to give this unique color and vinosity. The other Pinots are sourced in the grand crus Verzenay and A, and the Chardonnay comes from grand crus in the Cte des Blancs, namely Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger. Tasted in November 2018, from lot L 298A826 46572 that was disgorged in May 2018.
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