• Billecart-Salmon 'Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon' Brut Rose Millesime 2008

Billecart-Salmon 'Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon' Brut Rose Millesime 2008

Billecart-Salmon 'Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon' Brut Rose Millesime 2008

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A superb vintage of this renowned prestige cuvée, this is made from a base of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, to which is added 9% of red wine. Despite ageing on its lees for 10 years, it remains almost shockingly youthful, its vividly primary flavours of red cherry, strawberry and nectarine wrapped up in a taut, tense frame. It’s silky in texture and intricately complex on the long, elegantly harmonious finish, underlined by a saline chalkiness, and it demonstrates all the requisite completeness and character for long ageing, promising a slow and dignified evolution to come. Peter Liem – Decanter.com Drinking Window 2021 - 2050

This is very vinous with aromas of iron, strawberries, old roses and geraniums. So aromatic. Full-bodied, really intense and layered with super dryness and depth. Lots of saline and spicy character at the end, such as clove and pepper, as well as hints of flowers and melted butter. Strawberry tart at the end. 17% in aged oak casks. Blend of 55% pinot noir from six villages (Mareuil sur Ay, Ay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzenay and Verzy) and 45% chardonnay from three Grand Crus (Mesnil sur Oger, Cramant and Chouilly). 9% of the blend is red wine from a parcel in the village of Mareuil sur Ay. Bottled June 2009 and disgorged July 2019. Drink or hold. James Suckling

Disgorged with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon is one of the finest wines I've tasted from Billecart in recent years. Unwinding in the glass with aromas of peach, mandarin oil, warm bread, red berries and petals, it's full-bodied, deep and vinous, with lovely mid-palate amplitude, terrific concentration and bright girdling acids. In what is quite a tightly wound vintage and from a house whose style is rather understated, this is a dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish. - William Kelley, Wine Advocate

The 2008 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon explodes from the glass with a mesmerizing array of aromas, flavors and textures. Blood orange, cinnamon, mint and dried flowers. The 2008 is incredibly young, but it is also incredibly tempting. Patience will be rewarded. In the meantime, readers might enjoy adding a few bottles of the stellar 2007 to their cellars, as the nervy, taut 2008 needs time. The 2008 is 55% Pinot Noir (from Aÿ, Verzy, Verzenay and Mareuil) and 45% Chardonnay (from Chouilly, Avize and Cramant), with 9% still wine from Mareuil. It is the first vintage that includes a portion of wines (17%) done in barrel and the first vintage in which the magnums were aged on the cork rather than on crown seal. Dosage is 7 grams per liter.-- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

This vintage rosé Champagne from Billecart-Salmon has bold brioche flavors, a creamy texture, and impressive perlage. Notes of bright strawberries and fresh watermelon are kept in check by ripe acidity, resulting in a balanced and elegant wine. One of the oldest expressions on this list, this 2008 pink bubbly remains bright and youthful — and is very worth the splurge. Creamy with good texture, this is a good splurgy Champers. The bubbles (perlage) are nice and calm, allowing you to enjoy the decadence of brioche vibes and fresh strawberries. - Vinepair

76% grands crus, 24% premiers crus. 55% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and Grande Vallée de la Marne and 45% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. 9% of the Pinot is vinified as a still wine and added to the blend. 17% of the wine was fermented and matured in 15-year-old barrels. Disgorged July 2019. Dosage 7 g/l.

Orangey bronze colour. Very luscious, strawberry fruit nose is really rather captivating! Then quite tight and refreshing enough on the palate to suggest there is no great hurry to drink this. Seriously long, throat-consoling finish. Well-judged mousse. Jancis Robinson