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1990 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart #232318068

750ml

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Based on 15 reviews on Cellartracker.com

Reviews 91 points Vinous "Floral aromas of apple, pear blossom, mint and marzipan. Big, lush and rich in the mouth, with perfumed notes of pear blossom and white rose. Displays the tactile quality and creamy middle shown by the better wines from this very rich vintage. Fat and strong in extract. Finishes firm and rather powerful, with an edge of acidity. (ST)" 94 points John Gilman "...offering up a fine aromatic constellation of peach, nutskin, warm bread, a strong vein of minerality, citrus peel and nice touch of smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and superb at the core, with elegant, pinpoint bubbles, bright acids, lovely focus and grip and a very long, complex and a point finish. A lovely, lovely wine. (JG)"

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About Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon, established in 1818 in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, stands proud as the oldest continuously family-owned Champagne House. The union between Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, fortified with oenological expertise from Louis Salmon, led to a House known for its meticulous commitment to quality. Today, under the guidance of the seventh-generation leader, Mathieu Roland-Billecart, the House upholds its longstanding motto: "give priority to quality, strive for excellence."

Their vineyard extends over 100 hectares, but they source grapes from an expansive 300 hectares across 40 crus of the Champagne region, primarily within 20km of Epernay. This coverage allows them to access the finest Grand Crus of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.

In the 1950s, Billecart-Salmon introduced a groundbreaking technique: cold settling combined with extended fermentations at lower temperatures in stainless steel tanks. This method, preserving the nuances of each terroir, ensures the House’s signature finesse, elegance, and balance. This commitment to quality is further evident in the maturation process: non-vintage cuvées are aged for over three years, while prestige vintage cuvées rest for over a decade in their chalk cellars.

The meticulous approach extends to their tasting committee, which comprises three Billecart family generations and both past and present cellar masters. This committee blind-tastes every vinified parcel at every evolution stage, reinforcing their dedication to producing only the finest champagnes.

Responding to climate change, Billecart-Salmon has adopted sustainable strategies. They prioritize north-facing parcels, re-evaluate vine clones, reintroduce grass into vineyards, and adopt ploughing techniques that promote healthy competition for the plants. Eschewing weedkillers, the estate opts for organic fertilizers, reflecting their commitment to environmental stewardship.

For collectors and enthusiasts, Billecart-Salmon offers champagnes with unparalleled finesse and freshness. Their flagship cuvée, Brut Rosé, epitomizes the perfect blend of tradition and innovation that this esteemed House represents. Few Champagnes are as delicious and iconic year after year!

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