Review: NV Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Nature
Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Nature expression wasn’t quite released when we had our recent tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart, so we’re excited to get a look at it on its own. It’s the newest expression in the Billecart-Salmon family, a blend of 40% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay “sourced from the best Crus in Champagne.” It’s a zero-dosage cuvée, blended from the grapes of ten harvests from 2006 to 2015, aged 48 months on the lees.
It’s a lively study in contrasts — with doughy toast points on the nose and an ample nuttiness — backed up with a bold citrus and saline-heavy minerality on the tongue. Lots of lime leaf notes give the finish some pungency, while some gentler notes of white flowers offer a quieter sense of balance.
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