Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois NV
Wine Enthusiast 95 - Fermented and aged briefly in wood, this is dry, intense and toasty while still giving space for white fruits and some citrus. Richly endowed, spicy, and tangy, its structure and tight texture mark it out as a Champagne for long-term aging. The aftertaste is brisk, packed with acidity and with reminiscences of the oak-aging in the vanilla finish. Drink this bottling from 2018.
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com 94 - Pop the cork on this one, if you'd like a wonderful explosion of flavors on your palate, the non-vintage Billecart-Salmon Brut Sou Bois is so complex, you may never want to put down your glass. I enjoyed this one with roast chicken and found the match simply stunning.
James Suckling 94 - This sees some time in wood and that adds a very attractive, savory edge to the typically vibrant Billecart attitude. There’s such intense blood-orange, lemon and fresh, zesty citrus fruit on offer here that really sings. The palate is scintillatingly fresh and has an extra layer of velvet at the edge. Drink or hold.
Wine Spectator 92 - A rich and toasty version, with a creamy mousse supporting flavors of grilled brioche, apricot preserves, lemon parfait, slivered almond and crème de cassis. Finely knit and mouthwatering, with fleur de sel and smoke notes on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker 92 - Aromas of almond paste, green orchard fruit, citrus oil and pastry cream introduce the latest example of Billecart's NV Brut Sous Bois, a bottling that's based on the 2009 vintage. The oak influence is much less pronounced than was the case with some of the early renditions of this cuvée, and it's really going from strength to strength, revealing a medium to full-bodied palate that's broad-shoulder and structured, with lively underpinning acids.
A radiant yellow crystalline appearance with golden glints brought to life by a luminous bead of persistent fine bubbles. There is an olfactory impact due to the richness of harmonious expressions (dryfruits, fresh citrus and white fruits) coupled with finely buttered seductive notes. A defined aromatic undertone which expressesthe mature complexity linked to the vinification in oak barrels.
The caressing and refreshing texture enhances the creamy sensation, dominated by a beautiful bracing vivacity. A burst of flavours (notes of grilled brioche, toffee) thanks to the distinguished power andmaturity which is a mark of the great wines of Champagne.