Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
This great bottle will make a perfect marriage with caviar or fine oysters but also with grilled fish and seafood.
Blended from fruit grown in several grand cru villages of the Côte des Blancs, with an emphasis on Avize, this is a beautiful green-gold color, a wine fragrant with scents of spring flowers. It balances full-bodied richness with racy acidity, both expansive and mineral-tight. It finishes on a scent that brings to mind oyster shells, and calls out for a dozen freshly shucked Belons.
Aromas of sliced apple and pear with hints of flowers and cream. Some peach too. Full-bodied, creamy and fine with mineral, chalk and sliced green apples that turn to delicate white peach. This has a base of 2011 with some 2010 and 2009. Drink now.
A hint of salinity underscores the flavors of poached pear, marzipan, spiced plum and kumquat in this elegant blanc de blancs. Vibrant acidity drives this to a lasting, mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2020.
The balance of this wine is immediately striking. Everything is in its place: the crisp apples, tight acidity and the mineral texture are all just right. It’s a delicious, perfumed and fragrant wine that is ready to drink with its light, poised aftertaste.
Light yellow-gold. High-pitched citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by notes of honeysuckle, lemongrass and chalky minerals. Spicy, focused and mineral-driven, with intense Meyer lemon, tangerine and pear skin flavors given depth by a hint of brioche. A note of smokiness builds on the finish, which hangs on with outstanding floral persistence.
I like this one for its delicate personality. Bright and zippy from beginning to end, the non vintage Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs exhibits chalk, mineral and dried citrus in the flavors; long, crisp finish. A great oyster wine!