With its subtle aromas and notable reputation, this rosé champagne from Billecart Salmon is a reference point of quality amongst other rosé champagnes. It will bring real pleasure to your happiest moments with its sparkling colour, it’s amazing finesse and its great intensity.
Grande Vallée de la Marne, Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, Epernay, Champagne, France.
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Billecart Salmon is a champagne house synonymous with exceptional quality whilst still remaining very true to its roots. It all started in 1818 when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon were married, marking the creation of their Champagne House. This has been a family story since the beginning with Louis Salmon, brother of Elisabeth and a passionate oenologist, getting involved in the creation of the wines. Today, the house remains family owned and is headed up by 7th generation Mathieu Roland-Billecart who is an incredibly passionate ambassador for his wines. Over the 7 generations, each member of the family has endeavoured to continue the family tradition, staying faithful to the same motto: “Give priority to quality, strive for excellence”.
Despite being a relatively big house, Billecart remain a little more hidden from the limelight and there’s a certain ‘if you know, you know’ quality to them. This could be due to how they choose to distrubute their wines- it’s unlikely you’ll find them in supermarkets and major retailers. Instead, Billecart focused on premium restaurants and small retailers as trusted sources to sell their champagnes. In fact, they came to check out our shop to ensure we were the right fit for their brand! Thankfully, they liked our set up and we feel incredibly grateful to stock a full range of their wines.
The champagnes of Maison Billecart-Salmon are above all created thanks to the knowledge of those who rigorously cultivate an estate of 100 hectares, obtaining grapes from an area totalling 300 hectares across 40 crus of the Champagne region.
The majority of the grapes used for vinification come from a radius of 20km around Epernay, where the Grand Crus of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay co-exist, in the ethereal vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
Billecart Salmon are committed to sustainability and the House has long been convinced that such a course of action is essential in the pursuit of environmental sustainability. The House’s philosophy is simple: respect the terroir in order to produce great wines. They have long focused on managing their vineyards with the utmost respect for the environment. But, beyond a simple approach is a long-term commitment to sustainability. Since being certified by the High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne in 2017, they have worked to remove all herbicides from their vineyards, use organic fertilisers and plant-based preperations, continue with their biodiversity work and are looking to start organic conversion.
The grapes for this cuvee come from several sites across Champagne. The Pinot Noir comes from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne, Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the southern slopes of Epernay and the Chardonnay is sourced from the best Crus in the Champagne region.
40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier vinified as a red wine. Grapes start off with cold settling (allowing the skins and any solids to settle at the bottom of the tank at cold temperatures), a process that has been part of Billecart’s winemaking since the fifties. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel at a low temperatures. Low temperatue vinification is another signature within their winemaking as it slows down the fermentation process and encouraging ethereal, delicate aromas as well as allowing all the purity of the fruit to be expressed. Vinification is carried out cru by cru and grape variety by grape variety to allow the nuances of expression of the terroir. The wine spends 3 years on the lees in Billecart’s chalk cellars. Dosage is adjusted to 9g/l.
Subtle and fine aromas, seductive of red berry flavours and citrus zest, an aromatic burst of flavour that is both floral and refreshing whilst keeping great finesse. It has a creamy smoothness which evolves into a bright character of wild strawberries and a slightly raspberry finish. A harmonious and deliciously balanced wine with a remarkable precision.
A perfect accompaniment to any happy occasion, but also equally great with a fillet of wild salmon or a carpaccio of langoustines. In terms of desserts, it will enhance the flavours of red fruits with an acidic crunch and only lightly sweetened. It’ll age too, a standard bottle has around 4 years of life in it after release.