Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs 2004

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Critical Acclaim 96 - What is Blanc de Blancs in terms of Champagne? Directly translated, it is Champagne made exclusively from white grapes. But, what is it all about? At their best, the wines are elegant, refine and pure. Piercing and definitive, the 2004 Billecart-Salmon is such a wine and is easily one of the finest Blanc de Blancs. It clearly defines the best in this category. My good friend and colleague Christopher Parks would pair this with steak tartare, capers and anchovies and you know what, I would too! This one cuts right to the chase and goes right to the heart of the region with its green apple and chalkiness. Medium straw color, refined and steady beads; medium bodied, delicate on the palate; dry, superior acidity, well balanced; green apple, chalk and mineral show up in the flavors; very crisp and elegant in the aftertaste.

James Suckling 95 - The vintage edition of Billecart's Blanc de Blancs comes from the same four villages as the NV but carries a much more savory style, showcasing plenty of pastry and chalky lees-derived oyster shell as well as a subtly spicy oak thread. Fresh almond nougat, honeyed peaches and white flowers all abound. The palate texture is striking, smooth and creamy, as peach and lemon-custard flavors run even and long. Really impeccably balanced. Handy depth and drive. Drinking very well now: in a great place.

Wine Enthusiast 95 - This is a superb Blanc de Blancs that boasts great minerality, texture and intense fruit flavor. It's a finely structured wine, now approaching maturity with its apple, citrus and green pear notes. Lingering in the mouth, it is a beautifully long-lasting, pure wine. Drink until 2018 and probably beyond. Cellar Selection.

Vinous 94 - The 2004 Blanc de Blancs is impressive. Brioche, white stone fruits, smoke, chamomile, honey and wild flowers all blossom in a distinctly powerful, muscular Blanc de Blancs. Layers of flavor continue to build as the wine shows off its intense personality. The 2004 is a blend of fruit from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Cramant and Chouilly.

Wine Spectator 92 - Toasted brioche and pastry cream notes are rich and smoky in this elegant Champagne, riding the refined mousse with flavors of white peach and candied kumquat. The spiced finish is ripe and balanced. Drink now through 2025.

A creamy tactile sensation with a remarkable finesse offering an exquisite texture with a distinguished smoothness. A beautiful refreshing balance with a nutty taste (raw almonds, ground hazelnut) associated to the personality of a great vintage. This wine, powerful and emphatic, prolongs its finish to a chalky persistence with majestic length.
The unique dimension of a pure and intense Blanc de Blancs associated to a finely studied dosage. A strong personality, allied to an exquisite delicateness worthy of the most beautiful gustatory matches (whole baked veal sweetbread, creamy shellfish risotto).

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