Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée 200 1.5L Magnum

Hints of a pale gold intensity, wrapped up in a dazzling luminosity with golden yellow glints. Abundant and persistent delicate bubbles travel to the top of the glass in a controlled yet energetic manner.

A dignified and distinguished aromatic expression with a chiselled complexity of floral notes, orchard fruits and lightly roasted dried fruits (carnations, William pears and lightly grilled hazelnuts). A natural and vibrant brilliance nuanced toward fragrances of citrus zest Australian finger limes and calamondin oranges.

A tension which is both broad and dense at the same time with a texture which slowly reveals itself from under a mastered and exhilarating acidity. The palate offers a distinguished balance which is winey and almost saline, under the gustatory impact of an immaculate ageing (vine shoots and light tobacco).

96 Points, Decanter "This new wine was made to ‘capture the essence of Billecart-Salmon', according to seventh generation owner Mathieu Roland-Billecart. From 92% Pinot Noir, 4% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Meunier, this is a blend of eight grands crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, including the 1ha Pinot Noir vineyard of Le Clos St-Hilaire in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Exceptional reserve wines from 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012 were vinified half in steel and half in old oak casks, with a dosage of 4.5g/l, making it an extra brut style. It has a hugely expressive nose of red apple, nougat and citrus, with the hallmark ‘old rose’ fragrance from Clos St-Hilaire. There's an elegant mousse with very fine, fast-streaming bubbles and powerful, juicy flavours of baking spices, praline, and tart apples. A smoky mineral note and bright acidity offer real refreshment through the long finish, and while drinking beautifully now, it has the structure to last and will improve with age. To mark the year of the house’s founding, just 1,818 magnums were made, along with 18 jeroboams. Drinking Window 2018 - 2035."

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