A Champagne full of brightness and purity. Composition: Its innovating style remains faithful to the balanced charm of the three varietals from Champagne: 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. No sugar has been added to the dosage.
Appearance: Pale and gold intensity enhanced by pure brightness. The mousse is energetic with an abundant ultra fine bubble. Aroma: Complex and seductive aromas of dried fruits and brioche combined with floral notes.
This is further enhanced by the subtle charm of lemon verbena. A precise, elegant and aromatic freshness accentuated by the expression of the quality of the composition. Palate: Charming biscuity flavour and white fruits with a full and harmonious minerality resulting in a sensational balanced finish.
93pts James Suckling– 2009 vintage
This is a big, rich wine with lots of strawberry and red-apple character. It’s full and layered with very pretty fruit. Caressing and fresh at the same time. A bit ponderous. 40% Pinot Noir, 27% Pinot Meunier and the rest Chardonnay.
First time with Pinot Meunier in the blend, helping to maintain balance in the hot 2009 vintage. Drink or hold.
94pts Wine Advocate– 2009 vintage
Disgorged with two grams per liter dosage, Billecart-Salmon’s 2009 Extra Brut Vintage is more giving and demonstrative than its 2008 counterpart, offering up inviting aromas of crisp stone fruit, yellow apple, brioche, honeycomb and warm pastry. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with a pillowy mousse and a generous core of fruit girdled by bright acids, it’s seamless and complete. Indeed, such is its charm and persistence that I tend to prefer it, at least for now, to the 2008.
93pts Vinous– 2009 vintage
The 2009 Vintage is another stellar wine in this range from Billecart-Salmon. This is the first time the Vintage includes Meunier in the blend. That approach has worked out so well here. Resonant and generous, the 2009 is so expressive today. The low dosage of two grams per liter is expertly judged. The 2009 is rich, but not heavy, while offering all of the natural generosity of the year.