2008 BILLECART-SALMON, Vintage Extra Brut. Champagne
Alcohol Percentage: 12%
Area: Billecart are based in Mareuil-Sur-Ay, just north of Epernay, but of course source grapes from all around the region.
Grape Variety: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, from mainly Grand Cru vineyards; matured for 9 years 'on its lees'; and finally bottled with only very low (4g per litre) '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.
Cellar Potential: Designed to be ready to drink on release (unlike the more expensive 'NFB'), but this will improve until 2026.
Old Bridge Rating: The third 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.
£79.00 per bottle
£75.05 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£71.10 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles