Billecart-Salmon 2008 Extra Brut | 95 POINTS

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The 2008 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut has a yellow-gold hue that is adorned with delicate, soft golden glints and has a subtle effervescence, benefitting from 9 years aged in the chalk cellars. The nose projects a delicious fruit intensity with elegant lemony citrus notes and nuts (flaked almonds, Menton lemons). There is a long and nuanced sensory development centered around exquisite hints of patisseries (raw butter, Mirabelle plum jelly). A taut and seductive tactile pleasure (citrus zest, seeded white flesh fruit and Breton biscuits) delights the palate while offering a persistent finish with a structure defined by the quality of its potential as a great vintage. Enjoy with the best quality fish, carpaccio of scallops, and vegetable ravioli.

Varietal Composition: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay
Appellation: Champagne AOC
Aging: vinified in stainless steel tanks, then aged 9 years in bottle before disgorgement
Dosage: 4 g/L

95 Points, "Cellar Selection" - Wine Enthusiast
"Building on the structured Pinot Noir, often a hallmark of this producer's Champagnes, this wine is densely textured and full of white fruits from the Chardonnay. Still young, it remains on the fruit spectrum so wait until 2021 for the full glory of the maturity to come through." -RV, 1/1/19

93+ Points - Wine Advocate
"The newly released 2008 Extra Brut Vintage from Billecart-Salmon is still—predictably—quite youthfully reticent, opening in the glass with a lively bouquet of citrus oil, crisp white peach, white flowers, cardamon and nutmeg. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, chiseled and precise, with a tight-knit core, lovely underlying chalky extract and a tensile finish. This is a vintage Billecart with more-than-usual upside, and it will be worth following for two decades in a cold cellar." -WK, 8/30/19

93 Points - Wine Spectator
"A graceful Champagne that swathes the palate in a fine and creamy mousse, carrying flavors of baked blackberry, lemon meringue pie and chopped almond. Vibrant acidity creates a mouthwatering impression on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2026." -AN, 12/15/19


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