2006 Billecart Salmon Clos Staint-Hillaire

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This cuvée Blanc de Noirs vinified in oak casks allows the richest of the terroir and the purity of the wine to express itself. This rare vintage of incredible typicality will live on for future decades with strength and elegance.
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

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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.

Varietal:
Sparkling
Vintage:
2006
Aging:
10+ years
Oak Treatment:
Oak Casks
Appellation:
Champagne
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol %:
12.5%
Score Wine Advocate:
95+
Score Wine Enthusiast:
100
Score Wine Spectator:
95
SKU #:
1050339
Size:
750 ml Bottle
JS99

James Suckling

Baked raspberries, salted yellow plums, figs, walnuts, orange zest, mahogany and some toasted vanilla on the nose. Medium-to full-bodied with beautifully integrated, very fine bubbles. Dry, with exciting and unique white-pepper and sea-salt notes. Seamless. So harmonious. Salty and spicy clove notes evolving at the end. Amazing precision.

WA95+

Wine Advocate

Disgorged in November 2020 with two grams per liter dosage, Billecart-Salmon's newly released 2006 Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is showing well, unwinding in the glass with aromas of pear, mirabelle plum, dried fruits, walnuts, bee pollen and spices. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, it's a concentrated, muscular young wine, allying maturing flavors with broad structural shoulders and racy acids and concluding with a long, resonant and slightly mordant finish. From a parcel planted in 1964 and vinified entirely in oak, this is a powerful Champagne of considerable presence that needs some more time on cork to unwind and round out.

WS95

Wine Spectator

This chiseled Champagne is defined by rapierlike acidity, with fine, tightly meshed flavors of plumped white cherry, poached apricot, marzipan, espresso crema, smoked nut and Gran Marnier liqueur that open slowly on a lively, lacy mousse.

DC93

Decanter

Although it was disgorged in November 2020, Mathieu Roland Billecart has been keen to delay the release. The ageing post disgorgement is just as important as that before it and sometimes overlooked, he maintains. The wine has an attractive Welsh gold colour, a lively and persistent mousse, and seductive aromas of nectarine, greengage and Victoria plum. I even noted a hint of spearmint. The palate maintains a youthful nervosité; behind that generous fruit, including red fruit (cherry mainly), hints of brioche and hazelnut and then an authoritative finish. Great potential. Drinking Window: 2022 - 2036.