Wine Cellar Insiders, October Champagne Mixed 2-Case 750ml NVFrance, Champagne
'We are breaking rules for the October Champagne Pack and only offering 2 bottles this month. Before you feel hard done by, consider the massive 16% discount and the opportunity to engage with one of the great houses of Champagne! The 1999 NFB is also personally one of the best Champagnes I have experienced this year.
The house of Billecart-Salmon is best known for their rosé, so much so, that their other wines are often over-looked! Whether it be for the colour, the reference to salmon or just the beautifully elegant, savoury balance of the wine, it is arguably the most famous rosé in the world. The red fruit and poise make it excellent as an aperitif, whilst the citrus notes and textured finish give it surprising food pairing capabilities. In fact, I have enjoyed it with fatty karoo lamb chops and it was an astonishing match!
1999 was a great vintage in Champagne and I often prefer it to the seriously structured 1996 which can sometimes be a little hard. The Cuvée Nicolas François offers incredible value considering its age. 10 years on the lees and now another 10 in the bottle, it is maturing beautifully. A perfect balance of savoury autolytic (leesy) unctuousness and fresh fruit. There are buckets of complexity and waves of joy. It really needs a Burgundy glass rather than a flute. And please don’t serve it too cold!' – Roland Peens
Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé NV – R 1,295
'Pale yet intense pink in color, the Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé is pure, fresh and intense on the nose, with lovely raspberry aromas, refreshing citrus zest flavors and great definition. On the palate this is a pure, light and vinous rosé with great finesse and a long, well-structured and even juicy finish. This iconic rosé blends 40% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the southern slopes of Epernay and 30% Pinot Noir (with a small part added as red wine) from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Fabulous. Tasted from lot L 142B804 45564, which is based on the 2015 harvest and 40% reserve wines and was disgorged in February 2018. Tasted November 2018.' – Wine Advocate, 93/100
Billecart-Salmon, Cuvée Nicolas François Brut Millésime 1999 – R 2,295
'Very elegant, ethereal in texture and well-knit, offering flavors of poached pear, black licorice, lemon pâte de fruit, pastry and ground ginger. Shows fine balance and integration, with a fresh, lasting finish of ripe fruit and saline minerality. Drink now through 2027.’ – Wine Spectator, 95/100
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