Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2006
Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 95 - The 2006 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François is showing superbly, bursting with aromas of warm bread, citrus oil, wild berries, smoke and gingerbread. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and voluminous, with a concentrated and fleshy core, chalky dry extract and lively acids despite the vintage, concluding with a saline finish. It was disgorged in April 2018 with 5.5 grams per liter dosage, and it's the usual blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, derived from Verzenay, Ambonnay, Ay and Mareuil-sur-Ay, as well as the Grands Crus of the Côte de Blancs, emphasizing Mesnil.
Wine Enthusiast 95 - Named after the founder of the house, Nicolas François Billecart (who married Elisabeth Salmon), this wine is now at its peak. It is poised between fresh apple fruits and broader, riper maturity. This balance gives a ripe wine hinting at toast and almonds while still with a dry aftertaste. Drink now, although in 2019 it will be even better.
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 40%) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir 60%). With aromas of preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbena tea. It maintains a consistent and distinct personality, retaining a power controlled by a well integrated low dosage. Fine honeyed notes on the palate associated with stone fruits (mirabelle plums, Royal Anne cherries).