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BILLECART-SALMON, Vintage Brut. Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Rose

2006 BILLECART-SALMON, Vintage Extra Brut. Champagne

Alcohol Percentage: 12%
Area: Mareuil-Sur-Ay, just north of Epernay
Grape Variety: 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, all from Grand Cru vineyards; most of it fermented in wood; and finally bottled without any 'dosage' (extra sugar)
Producer: Francois Roland-Billecart is the seventh generation to run the Billecart Salmon family estate. The whole business is geared to quality not quantity. This wine is marked by the use of (old) wooden barrels to ferment about 20% of the blend. The result is not 'oaky', but does derive a nutty, roasted, creamy quality
Cellar Potential: Designed to be ready to drink on release (unlike the more expensive 'NFB'), but this will improve until 2020
Old Bridge Rating: The second release of this particular Billecart Salmon bottling. A more complex wine than the non-vintage, but not requiring age like the 'NFB'. If there is ever genuine value-for-money in Champagne, then it is probably here.
Honeyed richness, followed by a completely dry finish. A very "serious" style of Champagne

£74.00 per bottle
£70.30 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£66.60 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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