Billecart-Salmon is a modest-sized, family-run firm founded in 1818. The name stems from the founder Nicolas-François Billecart and his wife, who was Mademoiselle Salmon. The seventh generation currently runs this winery which cultivates some 30 hectares of vines, in addition to having arrangements covering something like 140 hectares in total. Most of the vineyards come from within close proximity to Epernay. The firm is based in Mareuil-sur-Ay. The motto of the house is “finesse, balance and elegance” and you’ll find these traits in the Champagnes from Billecart. The cellars at Billecart tend to be rather cold, like most underground wineries. This feature is responsible, according to the family, for the fine-ness of the bubbles in a bottle of Billecart-Salmon.
This new shipment of Billecart has slightly higher acidity than previous shipments, making it an ideal aperitif style. The wine opens with a creamy mousse followed by very fine, persistent bead. The nose reveals a biscuit top note followed by citrus, cashew and yeast lees. Creamy palate texture, with fine acid backbone. Flavours of grapefruit are followed by cashew and yeast lees. The Chardonnay component is to the forefront. Very long aftertaste of grapefruit, yeast lees and biscuit with the acidity persisting.