Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose, Champagne
The name Billecart-Salmon comes from the joining of two families by the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. The vintage Rosé Champagne, first created in 1988, is named in honour of co-founder Elisabeth Salmon.
This vintage Rosé Champagne is made from 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir; 8g/L dosage
"50% Pinot Noir Aÿ. Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Ambonnay, Verzenay, Verzy; 50% Chardonnay from Cote des Blancs; 8% Pinot red wine from 40+ year-old vines yielding 25-30hL/hectare on a full south-facing slope in Valofroy on Mont du Gruguet in Mareuil-sur-Ay; 6g/L dosage; DIAM closure The tightrope balance of long-aged rose’ is one of Champagne’s most challenging arts, and the restrained style of Billecart is ?attering in the generous presence of the 2006 season. Strawberry and red cherry fruits have evolved to a toasty place of dark chocolate and coffee, though upholding the poise and de?nition of the house, thanks to a ?ne, long—lingering, beautifully focused acid line and the ever-present texture of ?ne, strong, mouth—?lling chalk minerality. Cote des Blancs chardonnay con?dently tones the presence of pinot noir. It holds with persistence and con?dence, albeit developing faster, without the vibrancy and delicacy of the mesmerising 2002 before it. (No 2004 Was made since the red wine was not deemed to be of suf?cient standard.)"
96 points, Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2018-2019.
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.