Decanter – 98
A slightly flinty and vibrant bouquet alongside complex aromas of red berries, herbs and lemon, with fresh menthol notes coming through with some air. The palate is wonderful and elegant, with a vinous texture and a superb, calcareous finish. A blend of 45% Chardonnay and 55% Pinot Noir (including 9% vinified as red wine), this Champagne, which has a dosage of 7g/L, is made for ageing.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2050
JancisRobinson.com – 18
55% Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ old vines. 45% grand cru Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. 10% of the Pinot was vinifed as a still red wine. Dosage 7 g/l. Very pale glowing salmon-orange colour. Rich, complex, burnished copper (somehow) nose. Very luscious and seductive. Strawberry flavours but not sweet and simple at all. Creamy-smooth texture but with quite enough acidity – even in this ripe vintage – to keep this wine appetising and intriguing on the finish. Great stuff! A wine to send you to the table…
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2028
Robert Parker – 96
Incorporating fully 10% still red wine, Billecart’s 2009 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is showing beautifully, delivering fragrant aromas of plums, stone fruits, petals, sweet spices and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and elegant, it’s seamless and pillowy, with bright acids and a pure, precise profile, concluding with a bright, saline finish. In 2009, it was vinified entirely in stainless steel.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2035