2002 Billecart Salmon Clos St. Hillaire OWC

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The absolute picture of perfection, according to James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast, this pure Pinot Noir Champagne is magnificent. Vines planted in 1964 in a small clos in the heart of Ay and 15 years on the lees gives this wine depth and complexity. Aromas of fresh, toasted almonds are striking, deepened by forest mushrooms and balanced by concentrated white fruits with the right touch of tannin for texture. Suckling calls it exceptional, noting that “The palate has an intensity that is truly bracing and delivers such power and length.” Honestly, they had us at 100-points

The word "Billecart" holds a special place in the hearts of Champagne aficionados. Brought into the United States by an importer known for hand-selecting accounts, even being able to offer "Billy Bubbles" carries a certain badge of merit. But it's more than just the chase that makes Billecart special… what's in the bottle more than justifies the reputation of this Champagne house. Founded in 1818, and now under the seventh consecutive generation of family ownership and winemaking guidance, Billecart is known primarily for its elegance and balance (especially in rosé). The house style always includes a three-vintage blend with the cuvée built for consistency from release to release (the basic formula has remained unchanged since 1945). Utilizing mostly Grand Cru vineyards - largely centered around Épernay - and blending all three of the traditional Champagne grapes, the winemaking team has an enviable spice rack at their disposal. The result is a product which one notable colleague refers to as "lingerie for the mouth." In one of the world's truly unique wine regions, Billecart-Salmon continues to set itself apart.

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750 ml Bottle
James Suckling:
From a one-hectare parcel of Pinot Noir, planted in 1964. This makes such a striking impression with incredible freshness and purity, married with such intensity and length. The aromas of fresh, toasted almond are striking. Fresh forest mushrooms, too. The palate has intensity that is truly bracing and delivers such power and length. Exceptional! Drink or hold.
Wine Enthusiast:
From just over two acres of old vines in the producer’s home village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this pure Pinot Noir Champagne is magnificent. A toasty flavor is balanced by concentrated white fruits, with a touch of tannin adding texture. It’s an unforgettable wine. Enjoy in the nearterm.