Billecart-Salmon 2006 Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart Brut

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The 2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Brut is a blending of Grands Crus vineyards in Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. After presenting a lovely color of sparkling yellow-gold veiled in luminous golden reflections, the nose shows 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 well-integrated low dosage. The palate brings fine honeyed notes associated with stone fruits (mirabelle plums, Royal Anne cherries) that are underlined by flashes of aromas of citrus fruit zest. It will expose the flavors of creamy, roasted poultry or turbot in a creamy sauce.

Varietal Composition: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Appellation: Champagne AOC
Aging: 5% vinified in oak casks, then aged 10 years in bottle before disgorgement
Dosage: 6 g/L

95 Points - Wine Advocate
"The 2006 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François is showing superbly, bursting with aromas of warm bread, citrus oil, wild berries, smoke and gingerbread. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and voluminous, with a concentrated and fleshy core, chalky dry extract and lively acids despite the vintage, concluding with a saline finish. It was disgorged in April 2018 with 5.5 grams per liter dosage, and it's the usual blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, derived from Verzenay, Ambonnay, Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay, as well as the Grands Crus of the Côte de Blancs, emphasizing Mesnil." -WK, 8/30/19

95 Points, "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiat
"Named after the founder of the house, Nicolas François 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. Drink now, although in 2019 it will be even better." -RV, 12/1/18

94 Points - Wine Spectator
"Fine and creamy, this harmonious Champagne layers a firm backbone of bright acidity with a lovely range of orange pâte de fruit, marzipan, lime blossom and toasted brioche notes. Tightly meshed and racy, with a long, lightly spiced finish. Drink now through 2030." -AN, 12/15/18


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