Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose NV, Champagne, France

The best bottle from a case thus far and really quite delicious as an aperitif. One of the most well-made sparkling rose in Champagne that does not burn a HUGE hole in your pocket. Lots of fresh strawberries, braeburn apples with a layer of oxidative, yeasty tone to it. Crisp and refreshing. Lively acidity on the palate with sufficient fruit profile. Drinking well but should develop nicely in 2-3 years.

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Jean Lallement Brut ReserveBillecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs

Jean Lallement Brut Reserve NV: Slightly golden in colour and very fine bubbles. Ripe red apples, fresh pears and yeasty on the nose. Bright meyer lemon, white fruits, nectarines on the palate. Fine and elegant with a medium plus finish. Rebuy – YES!

Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs NV: Pale lemon yellow with a greenish tinge. Bigger bubbles than the Jean Lallement at first pour. Nice layer of mousse. More toasted brioche, biscuity and yeasty on the nose. Tart, green apples on the palate, clean and steely with a long finish. A much leaner and crispier bubbly compare to the Jean-Lallement. Refreshing! Rebuy – Yes

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicholas Francois, 2000, Champagne, France.

Appearance: Pale gold lemon colour with good effervescence.

Nose: Plenty of green apples and green pears. Pleasant toasty notes with a little nuttiness.

Palate/ Flavour: High acidity and perhaps a little astringent on the palate. Taste of green apples and unripe starfruit was quite pronounced. Slight burning sensation when taken without any food (but alcohol level was suprisingly at 12%abv).

Comments: I don’t think I can do this without food. That was the first thing that came to mind when I tasted the first glass. Had this with creamed pumpkin soup and a seafood fettuccine in a rich tomato sauce. Put this down for a few more years. Still quite “green”, I’d say.