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Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 1999
ITEM# 01256
On Sale $85.99
Buy Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois
22% discount on 12 bottles for $1031.88
Buy Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois
This exceptional cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s founder. It results from the blending of grands crus from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine.
Tasting notes
Yellow-gold. Powerful smoky, floral aromas of poached pear, orange pith, dried fig and iodine, with a smoky topnote. Rich and deeply pitched but almost shockingly energetic on the palate, offering a bracing mineral character to its citrus and orchard fruit flavors. The smoky quality comes back on the finish, which shows superb clarity and finishing thrust. Pretty impressive!

 st 93 points
The Billecart-Salmon 1999 Brut Nicolas Francois Billecart - its Pinot predictably from the Montagne de Reims and Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs - accompanies aromatic overtones of yeast and baked goods with an almost doughy sense of substantiality and plushness, yet features as well the buoyancy and the bright lemony and crabapple-y acidity with attendant cut and freshness that are hallmarks of this house’s style. The understatement to this cuvee’s melange of herbs ranging from lemon verbena to blond tobacco as well as its subtly alkaline and chalky undertone are also characteristics I associate with the name Billecart-Salmon; and nutty hints of evolution are quite discrete, suggesting a younger wine. Metaphorically cooling; laid-back and soothing; yet offering stimulating refreshment and intrigue, this will probably be well worth following for another 4-6 years.

Technical notes
Appearance: A lovely colour of pale gold and a fine mousse. A cuvée that brilliantly combines slowly rising bubbles with a persistent string of pearls.

Aroma: The freshness of the cuvée Nicolas François Billecart develops all its aromatic complexity - aromas of white flowers mixed with subtle notes of brioche.

Palate: The balance between richness and persistence is the hallmark of this accomplished wine. The perfect blend of grands crus from which it is made gives it a lovely freshness on the palate, developing a wide range of aromas.

Food pairing
Served at cellar temperature 10°, this vintage will enhance the flavours of poultry or white meat.

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