Following on from fantastic releases prior to the 2008, a true homage to the famed founder of the house. Blending of Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir creating a wine of luminous golden glimmers and hinting at fine allbeit rich & aromatic cuvee. No Longer classified as grand cuvee, M.Antoine Roland-Billecart insists this is Prestige Cuvee.
APPEARANCE: A beautiful golden yellow, glinting with bright sparkles. The glittering, crystalline appearance is set off by an eruption of finely chiselled bubbles.
AROMA: It combines all the richness of an aromatic curve, both complex and refreshing. Fine intense notes of orchard fruits,
combined with the characters of nuts and stone fruit (lightly roasted flaked almonds, frangipani, candied mandarin peel) and accentuated by the radiance of a floral persistence (acacia flower and rose petal).
PALATE: The balance of a tension achieved by
the fullness of the wine (fresh yellow raspberry, fresh quince, honey biscuits and lemon caviar) symbolised by the conduct of noble flavours (fresh fig, liquorice and pigeon heart tomato). A texture with a strong personality, with its limestone imprint and an incredible intensity, curbed by its fully integrated low dosage. The finish with a rare complexity develops towards notes of toasted bread and bergamot.
TASTING: This impressive vintage with great depth, tense and mineral, characterised by an elegant vinosity, offers you all the distinction of a well-aged champagne. Served at cellar temperature (11°C to 12°C), this cuvée will bring out the flavours of an excellent sole in lemon butter or a delicious milk-fed veal chop with chanterelle mushrooms.
From Florent NYS, Billecart-Salmon’ chief winemaker.
• 60% Pinot Noir from the Premiers and Grands crus of the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne ( Aÿ, Verzenay et Mareuil-sur-Aÿ.)
• 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (Mesnil, Chouilly, Cramant)