Billecart-Salmon MAGNUM 2008
Why is this Wine so Yummy?
In the Winery
In the Vineyard
The 2008 Vintage at Billecart-Salmon
2019 vintage has been characterized by a mild and dry winter, until April we had rigid and constant trends on the whole slope, with balanced rainfall. In the spring, however, we had a window of good weather that lasted until the beginning of the month of August, where temperatures rose somewhat suddenly. September and October were characterized by a cool and slightly humid climate, leading to a healthy manual harvest done during the first ten days of October. The Erse Bianco 2019 on the nose is rich in citrus fruits and wild herbs such as thyme and sage, has saline and mineral notes reminiscent of graphite and flint which close on an acid, fresh and very long-lasting palate.
Where in the World is Billecart-Salmon?
A blend of 65% Pinot Noir consisting of Premier and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallee de la Marne and 35% Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs. Significantly, this has nine years ageing on its lees (longer than some Prestige Cuvees), the 2008 was first released onto the global market back in March 2019. With an Extra Brut dosage of 4g/l, this is a highly expressive, confident and convincing interpretation of the vintage. Right now, it is youthfully sharp and focused with fine salinity, depth, acidity and balance, and as such is already extremely approachable. The flavour spectrum encompasses toast, oyster shell, citrus, cream and a flinty, mineral depth. There’s supreme balance and elegance here, combined with a hidden underlying power that will continue to emerge and broaden with time. The finish is dry and long.
A stunningly pure nose with aromas of apples, pears, grapefruit, dried flowers and fresh bread dough, all intermingled. The palate has a super fresh, sleek and vibrant feel with elegance, length and precision. The finish is so long and so precise. A stunning Champagne.
Building on the structured Pinot Noir, often a hallmark of this producer's Champagnes, this wine is densely textured and full of white fruits from the Chardonnay. Still young, it remains on the fruit spectrum so wait until 2021 for the full glory of the maturity to come through.