Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve stands as an impeccable testament to the artistry of Champagne production. Crafted with precision and finesse by the esteemed House of Billecart-Salmon, this cuvée encapsulates the very essence of the Champagne region. An embodiment of tradition and innovation, the Brut Reserve is an enchanting symphony of flavours.
On the nose, this Champagne presents an intricate bouquet of fresh, white flowers, orchard fruits, and a delicate hint of citrus zest. Subtle notes of brioche and toasted almonds are showcasing its maturation on lees.
On the palate, it reveals its harmonious balance. Crisp apple, pear, and quince, gracefully alongside lively citrus, all held together by a creamy texture. The palate enjoys an interplay of freshness and maturity, with a captivating mineral undertone leading to a long, enchanting finish.
Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Reserve is born through meticulous craftsmanship that combines tradition with modernity. The house prides itself on its commitment to preserving the integrity of the fruit. The grapes, primarily Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, are hand-harvested from carefully selected vineyards across the Champagne region. Gentle pressing ensures that only the purest juice is extracted.
Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats to preserve the vibrant fruit character. A significant portion of reserve wines, aged in oak barrels, is then skillfully blended with the current vintage to achieve consistency and complexity. The wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged in the cellars for a minimum of three years, allowing it to develop its exquisite depth and character.
The essence of Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Reserve is deeply intertwined with the diverse terroir of the Champagne region. Grapes are sourced from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, with an emphasis on the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne, and Côte des Blancs.
The chalky soils of Champagne impart a distinctive minerality to the wine, contributing to its elegant structure and long ageing potential. The vineyards’ unique microclimates and aspect ratios allow for the cultivation of grapes that perfectly represent the terroir’s essence.
Billecart-Salmon’s unwavering commitment to sustainable viticulture practices ensures the vitality of the vineyards, preserving them for generations to come.
Food Pairing Suggestion: Salmon Gravadlax with cucumber and dill salad.
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Awards
James Suckling – 92 points