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2008 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut

L70159

France Direct
Expected Arrival:
November, 2022
France Direct wines are sourced from individual cellars in France. They ship directly to our Napa warehouse each quarter.

ITEM 8381257 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from a distributor

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
3 $195
Item Sold Amount Date
I8393488 1 $205 Aug 21, 2022
I8393488 2 $195 Aug 21, 2022
I8379059 3 $170 Aug 14, 2022
I8364404 1 $170 Aug 7, 2022
I8352780 6 $170 Jul 31, 2022
I8288985 1 $185 Jun 26, 2022
I8283508 3 $195 Jun 26, 2022
I8277837 1 $185 Jun 19, 2022
I8257494 4 $185 Jun 5, 2022
I8227759 2 $195 May 15, 2022
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RATINGS

98James Suckling

...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.

97+ The Wine Advocate

...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...dramatic, fleshy wine that concludes with a long, flavorful finish.

97+ Vinous / IWC

...mesmerizing array of aromas, flavors and textures. Blood orange, cinnamon, mint and dried flowers.

17.5Jancis Robinson

Very luscious, strawberry fruit nose... Seriously long, throat-consoling finish. Well-judged mousse.

PRODUCER

Billecart-Salmon

Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 by Nicolas Francois Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon in Mareuil-sur-Ay, Marne, which is in France’s Champagne appellation. Today the estate is run by Francois-Roland, the seventh generation of the founding family. Billecart-Salmon makes numerous Champagnes, but is especially known for its rose and the Clos St.-Hillaire, which is made from a single Pinot Noir vineyard.

REGION

France, Champagne

Champagne is a small, beautiful wine growing region northeast of Paris whose famous name is misused a million times a day. As wine enthusiasts and all French people are well aware, only sparkling wines produced in Champagne from grapes grown in Champagne can be called Champagne. Sparkling wines produced anywhere else, including in other parts of France, must be called something besides Champagne. Champagne producers are justifiably protective of their wines and the prestige associated with true Champagne. Though the region was growing grapes and making wines in ancient times, it began specializing in sparkling wine in the 17th century, when a Benedictine monk named Dom Pierre Pérignon formulated a set guidelines to improve the quality of the local sparkling wines. Despite legends to the contrary, Dom Pérignon did not “invent” sparkling wine, but his rules about aggressive pruning, small yields and multiple pressings of the grapes were widely adopted, and by the 18th and 19th centuries Champagne had become the wine of choice in fashionable courts and palaces throughout Europe. Today there are 75,000 acres of vineyards in Champagne growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne’s official appellation system classifies villages as Grand Cru or Premier Cru, though there are also many excellent Champagnes that simply carry the regional appellation. Along with well-known international Champagne houses there are numerous so-called “producer Champagnes,” meaning wines made by families who, usually for several or more generations, have worked their own vineyards and produced Champagne only from their own grapes.