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1990 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart #158124387


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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 is a Champagne House founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, who brought together their vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Chouilly. After participating in the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris as a sponsor of the Palais du Champagne, the House experienced a decline in sales due to World War I and Prohibition in the US. However, the estate was revitalized under the management of Jean Roland-Billecart, who introduced the technique of longer fermentations at lower temperatures and double cold settling to maintain the freshness and finesse of the fruit. In 1964, the estate created their Cuvee Nicolas Francois, followed by their non-vintage Brut Rosé in 1970.

In 1993, Francois Rolland-Billecart, the 6th generation of Billecart men to run the estate, took over and repositioned the brand by buying back the estate’s bottles from supermarkets and focusing on independent quality retailers and fine dining restaurants. The estate’s most famous prestige cuvee, Clos Saint-Hilaire, was born in the remarkable 1995 vintage and has been produced ever since. The wine is a one-of-a-kind cuvée, named in honor of the patron saint of the church in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and made up of no more than 3,500 to 7,500 individually numbered bottles each vintage.

Billecart-Salmon is committed to environmental sustainability and has been certified High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne. They believe in respecting the terroir to produce outstanding wines and manage their vineyards with the utmost respect for the environment. This is reflected in the House’s long-term state of mind that calls for constant self-assessment and continuous progress.

The House’s wines are particularly noteworthy for their finesse, freshness, and subtlety of flavors, which are maintained through the use of traditional methods and innovative techniques. These characteristics are especially evident in their flagship cuvée, Brut Rosé. Overall, Billecart-Salmon is a Champagne House that combines tradition and innovation to produce exceptional wines that are unique and worth collecting.

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