Billecart Salmon Demi Sec NV ($49.99): It’s pale gold color is beautiful, emitting a constant ballet of fine, regular and persistent bubbles in the flute. Its nose is lively with a hint of delicate white flowers and envolves towards aromas of buttered brioche. On the palate the Demi-Sec champagne is full-flavored and is a reference for its perfect balance between sugar, alcohol and acidity.
Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois Brut 2002 ($184.99): James Suckling 98 pts
his has a super-composed nose with gently spiced pastry and bright strawberry and cherry fruits, as well as some spiced brulée custard and praline. There’s a lot of deep-set complexity here. The palate has a bright, crunchy, and assertive burst of peach and lemon flavor on entry, while the pinot takes the mid-palate with fleshy white cherries and smooth phenolics that hold through to the finish with gently nutty mushroom and cherry-pip flavors to close. Great balance and power. Drink now through to 2025+. This vintage is a 60/40 split between pinot noir and chardonnay.