Billecart-Salmon Vintage Extra Brut 2008 [1.5L] (Champagne, France) - [DM 97] [JS 96] [WA 95] [WA 93] [WS 93] [VM 92]

Billecart-Salmon Vintage Extra Brut 2008 [1.5L]
(Champagne, France) - [DM 97] [JS 96] [WA 95] [WA 93] [WS 93] [VM 92]

Regular price $218.00 Sale price $199.97 Save $18.03

DM97 JS96 WA95 WA93 WS93 VM92
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About the Domaine:
In 1818, Nicolas François Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon founded the house of Billecart-Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, which now stands as the oldest continuously family-owned and operated house in Champagne. The estate is currently managed by the family’s seventh generation, brothers François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, while the cellars lie in the hands of Florent Nys.

After 33 years, François Domi has handed over the baton of Chief Winemaker to Florent, who has been working as an apprentice under the watchful eye of François since 2005, is now ready to take over the reins.

Notes from the Winery:
This wine, with an extra brut dosage, is dominated by great Pinot Noir flavors which are tempered by the elegance of the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs.

The wine is composed of
  • 65% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne (Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Aÿ)
  • 35% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly and Vertus)
The Vintage Extra Brut in vinified in stainless steel tanks and goes through a partial malolactic fermentation. The wine is then aged on the lees for 9 to 10 years.

Extra Brut Dosage: 4g/l

Ratings & Reviews

97 Points - Decanter Magazine:
"A blend of 65% Pinot Noir consisting of Premier and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallee de la Marne and 35% Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs. Significantly, this has nine years ageing on its lees (longer than some Prestige Cuvees), the 2008 was first released onto the global market back in March 2019. With an Extra Brut dosage of 4g/l, this is a highly expressive, confident and convincing interpretation of the vintage. Right now, it is youthfully sharp and focused with fine salinity, depth, acidity and balance, and as such is already extremely approachable. The flavour spectrum encompasses toast, oyster shell, citrus, cream and a flinty, mineral depth. There’s supreme balance and elegance here, combined with a hidden underlying power that will continue to emerge and broaden with time. The finish is dry and long." - John Stimpfig (5/2019)

96 Points - James Suckling:
"A stunningly pure nose with aromas of apples, pears, grapefruit, dried flowers and fresh bread dough, all intermingled. The palate has a super fresh, sleek and vibrant feel with elegance, length and precision. The finish is so long and so precise. A stunning Champagne. Drink or hold." (9/2019)

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. Cellar Selection." - Roger Voss (10/2019)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Offering up pretty aromas of honeycomb, crisp green apple, white flowers and fresh pastry, it's medium to full-bodied, tensile and incisive, with a tightly wound core, racy acids and an elegant pinpoint mousse..." - William Kelley (9/2020)

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." - Alison Napjus (12/2019)

92 Points - Vinous Media:
"Orchard fruit, dried flowers, mint, spice and hazelnut all grace this enticing, impeccably rendered 2008 from Billecart-Salmon. Lovely..." - Antonio Galloni (8/2020)