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.