The Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Cuvee Nicolas Francois appears a beautiful golden yellow, glinting with bright sparkles. The glittering, crystalline appearance is set off by an eruption of finely chiselled bubbles. The wine combines all the richness of an aromatic curve, both complex and refreshing. Fine intense notes of orchard fruits, combined with the characters of nuts and stone fruit (lightly roasted flaked almonds, frangipani, candied mandarin peel) and accentuated by the radiance of a floral persistence (acacia flower and rose petal). On the palate, the balance of a tension achieved by the fullness of the wine (fresh yellow raspberry, fresh quince, honey biscuits and lemon caviar) symbolised by the conduct of noble flavors (fresh fig, liquorice and pigeon heart tomato). A texture with a strong personality, with its limestone imprint and an incredible intensity, curbed by its fully integrated low dosage. The finish with a rare complexity develops towards notes of toasted bread and bergamot.
This impressive vintage with great depth, tense and mineral, characterised by an elegant vinosity, offers you all the distinction of a well-aged champagne. Served at cellar temperature, this cuvée will bring out the flavors of an excellent sole in lemon butter or a delicious milk-fed veal chop with chanterelle mushrooms.
This exceptional cuvée was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s founder. It results from the blending of Grands Crus from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir).
60% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, Verzenay et Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, 40% Chardonnay from Côte des Blancs: Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly and Cramant.
83% Grand Crus, 17% Premiers Crus
The vast majority of the grapes used in the vinification process are sourced from a radius of 20 km around Epernay for a total area of 300 hectares in over 40 crus of the Champagne region.
In order to bring out the best of the terroirs and achieve balance in the blends, the House favors Montagne de Reims for its selection of Pinot Noir, Vallée de la Marne for Meunier and Côte des Blancs for Chardonnay.
Vinified 83% in tanks, 17% oak casks.
The House vinifies in stainless steel tanks and in 400 oak casks of over 15 years old on average, as well as 26 large oak barrels. On one hand, vinification in steel tanks maintains freshness and purity of the fruit, staying true to the terroir's identity. On the other hand, the use of wood in the vinification process allows the champagne to gain further complexity and depth, enhancing the expression of the terroir.