2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Le Clos Saint-Hilaire, Brut

2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Le Clos Saint-Hilaire, Brut

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2007 Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Le Clos Saint-Hilaire, Brut

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From the one-hectare plot of old Pinot Noir vines planted in 1964 in effectively the back yard of the Billecart-Salmon HQ in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Officially certified organic in 2022 and biodynamically managed since spring 2023. The Blanc de Noirs was vinified in oak casks aged between 15 and 20 years.

Very pale amber. Extremely fine bead. Nose of minerals and very ripe, round greengage fruit. Already a well-married drink even if not the most ample finish but this is likely to be the finest 2007 Blanc de Noirs you’ll encounter.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2024)

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Jancis Robinson MW17/20

From the one-hectare plot of old Pinot Noir vines planted in 1964 in effectively the back yard of the Billecart-Salmon HQ in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Officially certified organic in 2022 and biodynamically managed since spring 2023. The Blanc de Noirs was vinified in oak casks aged between 15 and 20 years.

Very pale amber. Extremely fine bead. Nose of minerals and very ripe, round greengage fruit. Already a well-married drink even if not the most ample finish but this is likely to be the finest 2007 Blanc de Noirs you’ll encounter.

Drink 2024 - 2032

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com (February 2024)

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James Suckling98/100

Single parcel Pinot Noir, 100% vinified in oak barrels. No malo. Disgorged May 2023. 3.8g/L dosage.

Beautifully complex and mineral with notes of chalk, blanched almonds, dried raspberries, rose petals, pink grapefruit, nutmeg and pink peppercorns. Complex, tight and structured, with a medium to full body, plenty of strength yet elegant. Tight bubbles. Long, firm and savoury.

Drink or hold

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (December 2023)

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Decanter94/100

2007 presents a rather different version of Le Clos St-Hilaire from the previous two releases (2006 and 2005). The hallmarks of the wine are very much there, with plenty of signs of maturity in the apricot kernel, chestnut honey and dark, tangy roasted apple fruit, with a welcome jolt of pink grapefruit-like acidity squeezing hard with some of the firmness and tension of the vintage. Despite this physical brightness, it is already in a nicely aligned spot to drink, with its autumnal ageing profile a little more present (at least in the bottle tasted) than was the case on release of the 2006 or 2005.

Made with Pinot Noir from the family's historic walled garden in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, 100% vinified in oak and aged on lees for 14 years.

Drink 2024 - 2030

Tom Hewson, Decanter.com (January 2024)

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About this WINE

Champagne Billecart-Salmon

Champagne Billecart-Salmon

Champagne Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 in the village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ near Epernay. It remains family-owned and run; Mathieu Roland-Billecart represents the seventh generation here, following in the footsteps of founders Nicolas-François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon.

A family tasting committee meets weekly, joined by chef du cave Florent Nys. The eight-person panel includes three generations of the family, notably including Jean Roland-Billecart (who alone has over 75 vintages of experience). Not one cuvée is released until every member of the committee agrees on the blend.

Billecart-Salmon is a large Champagne House, with around 100 hectares of vines of its own. The process of organic conversion for the vineyards was started in 2019. The house also buys fruit from growers covering another 300 hectares of vines. Most of the fruit comes from the Champagne sub-regions of Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs.

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Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs describes a wine produced entirely from black grapes. In Champagne, Blanc de Noirs cuvée can be made from the two black grapes permitted within the appellation, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Bollinger's prestige cuvée Vieilles Vignes Françaises, from ungrafted, old Pinot Noir vines, has set the yardstick in a style that is now produced by a number of other Champagne houses.

A typical Blanc de Noirs cuvée has a deep golden colour, and can be more intensely flavoured than the classic non-vintage, multi-grape blend.

Recommended Producers: Cedric Bouchard, Bollinger

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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