Billecart-Salmon Champagne Extra Brut 1.5L 2007

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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.

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95pts Wine Enthusiast– 2007 vintage

Definitely dry, this impressively crisp wine is tightly textured, mineral in character and with great fruit.

Its acidity and taut tangy character are part of a sophisticated wine that is still maturing. The hints of toast are there, but this beautiful wine will take a while to show its full potential. Drink from 2019.

94pts Decanter– 2007 vintage

Chef de cave Florent Nys calls 2007 'the www vintage: wind, warmth and water'. The balance of all three was just right to ensure top-quality fruit at harvest. This is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay with 4g/l dosage.

So although this is an extra brut style, the 5% vinification in oak casks, 10 years on its lees, and partial malolactic fermentation gives a creamy, toasty edge to the focussed palate. With flavours of hazelnut praline, lifted florals and real purity of peachy citrus, this is a complex, vinous Champagne that needs time to shine.

93pts James Suckling– 2007 vintage

The spicy pinot noir holds sway on the nose with an array of sous bois, flinty minerals, dried cherries and brioche. The smaller component of chardonnay (25%) delivers a crisp lemon acidity on entry, which builds weight to a cherry-pastry finish. Lots of potential here. Try from 2020.

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