billecart-salmon cuvee nicolas francois brut 2007 750ml
A lovely colour of sparkling yellow gold veiled in luminous golden reflections.
Fine honeyed notes associated with stone fruits (mirabelle plums, Royal Anne cherries) are underlined by flashes of aromas of citrus fruit zest.
The balance of a tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbana tea). It maintains a consistency reflecting a distinct personality and retains a power controlled by a wellintegrated low dosage.
It will expose the flavours of a beautiful creamy, roasted poultry or a delicious slice delicious turbot in a creamy sauce.
Serve at: 11-12C
97 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house's founder, the youngest release is the 2006 MillÃ©sime Brut CuvÃ©e Nicolas FranÃ§ois, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande VallÃ©e de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way."
97 points - Vinous
"The 2006 CuvÃ©e Nicolas FranÃ§ois 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 VallÃ©e de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter."
96 points - Decanter
"This wine has always been a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay since its inception in 1964, honouring the house's co-founder. Like the other founder's cuvÃ©es, 5% of the wine is vinified in old oak barrels and it then spends 11 years on its lees with partial malolactic fermentation. It has a beautiful mousse and fine, fast-streaming bubbles, and is very tight and reserved at first, opening in the glass to reveal refined sous bois, pastry, tart red apple, rich yellow plum and lifted floral notes. Elegant, complex, long and zesty, it's still very young with its full potential yet to show."
95 points - Wine Enthusiast *Cellar Selection*
"Named after the founder of the house, Nicolas FranÃ§ois Billecart (who married Elisabeth Salmon), this wine is now at its peak. It is poised between fresh apple fruits and broader, riper maturity. This balance gives a ripe wine hinting at toast and almonds while still with a dry aftertaste."
94 points - James Suckling
"Fresh honey and bright poached apples with dried flowers, cherry pastry and richness that flows to the palate. A ripe array of white peaches, baked cherry pastry and a complex, smooth fleshy build in texture. White peaches and brioche to close. Drinking well now, but it will deliver plenty in the next decade on cork."
94 points - Wine Spectator
"Fine and creamy, this harmonious Champagne layers a firm backbone of bright acidity with a lovely range of orange pate de fruit, marzipan, lime blossom and toasted brioche notes. Tightly meshed and racy, with a long, lightly spiced finish."
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