Billecart-Salmon is a well known, mid sized house located in the quiet village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, in Champagne.
Founded in 1818 by the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, the house has retained its family heritage and is today managed by François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, who work under the watchful eye of their father; Jean Roland-Billecart.
Billecart-Salmon’s fame lies in its great attention to detail when making champagne, with much investment placed in vinification (wine making) processes. The reputation of finesse in its wines far belies the house’s marketing spend – the silver and black labelled dark brown bottles being well known to regular drinkers as a symbol of quality. Indeed – the house only makes around 2 million bottles per year – not exactly high volume stuff when compared to Moet or Piper, for instance.
Despite the low volumes, Billecart enjoys a great reach to far markets and enjoys a cult following – it’s not uncommon to find their bottles listed on hatted restaurant menus or stocked in the local bottle shop.
Today, we are looking at their Rosé – which typically doesn’t sell for anything less than $120 a bottle. We’ve been lucky to score one at $99 recently on sale – it pays to keep an eye out!
Let’s pop open the cork and see what this is all about.
From: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Champagne, France
Cost & Source: ~$120 a bottle available from most liquor stores – <$100 on sale
Blend Ratio (%): Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/Pinot Meunier (30/40/30)
Aging: 4 Years
Sipped: November 2017
In the Glass:
Look: Salmon hue with plenty of fine bubbles
Smell: An interesting smelling wine that has elements of strawberries and even zesty orange.
Taste: True of rosés – this has a nice infusion of peppery red pinot noir blended in with a fruitful dose of strawberry caps, and citrus rinds.
Plenty zesty and plenty fresh feeling – with a sensation across the whole mouth. It is so very well balanced too – nothing searing or lacking in depth.
Party Potential: WAY to expensive for parties – sorry! BYO; this is a great bring along to a very fancy dinner party.
As a Gift: Nail on the head gift for someone you know who likes a good tipple – and is fairly close to you.
At Home: Billecart Rosé on friday nights sounds great but is not very… economically viable.
Score & Verdict:
A product of a lot of nurture from a tight knit family. Understatedly classy like its sibling and is something to be proud of when they accompany you anywhere. But be prepared to open your wallet!
At $99 I feel it is good value for the quality. Shame it’s not that price all that often 😦
How did I drink it?
A great night in with my partner and tier 1 friends.
How did you drink it?
And how did you find it? Let me know!
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