'Simultaneously capturing euphoric freshness, refined elegance and exacting fruit definition is one of the finest skills of Champagne’s winemakers, and nowhere is this more challenging than in the tightrope balance of longaged rosé. In the sublime 2002 season, Billecart has achieved the seemingly impossible and conjured a rosé both larger and lighter than life. True to her name, Elisabeth Salmon radiates a gorgeous, ethereal, palesalmon hue. In a display of intricately coiled, ultrapristine detail, dainty red cherry, crunchy pomegranate, lifted rose petal and wild strawberry fruit burst forth in clear peals like church bells, dissolving into vapourlike lightness. Nuances of struck flint, cherry kernel, even a wisp of fresh coffee bean and dark chocolate, cascade into a marvellous flow of crunchy white cherry definition, charged with a core of tightly clenched, energetically coiled acidity. Mineral presence is a marvel, chalkdust fine and magnificently intertwined with the most sophisticated fruit.
A breathtaking rosé of the utmost finesse and character, projecting a fruit presence and unbroken line of mesmerising persistence. Elisabeth Salmon 2002 is not only one of the finest rosé champagnes this year, it ranks high among the greatest of the modern era.'
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.