Based in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ since the 17th century, Billecart-Salmon has become known for Champagnes of great balance, elegance and finesse; today, the quality of this grand marque remains exceptional thanks to significant investments over the past decade in the vineyards and cellar. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: vintage Champagne can be as ageworthy as top wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux, or Barolo, and today’s duo is another resounding case in point. Not yet in market, the 2008 ‘Cuvée Elisabeth’ Rosé has been highly anticipated, given the potential of this remarkable vintage. We’ve also included the 97-point 2007 ‘Cuvée Nicolas François’; both of today’s wines are profound in their precision and richness of character. Don’t miss your opportunity to collect both of these stunning wines with special Concierge pricing!
During their tenure, founders Nicolas François Billecart and Élisabeth Salmon built the estate into one of the most respected names in the region. One of the portfolio’s crown jewels, ‘Cuvée Élisabeth’ was introduced as a tribute to the founder in 1988. The wine is composed of an equal blend of Pinot Noir—sourced from top sites within the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne—and Chardonnay from the Côtes des Blancs. The wine is the palest of pinks, coming from the addition of around 10% still red Pinot Noir from old vines in ‘Valofroy,’ a parcel within Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The wine aged in the cellar sur lie for more than a decade before being disgorged, and perfectly weaves a rich profile of spice, minerality, and red fruit with a freshness that’s impressively lively after more than a decade of age.
‘Cuvée Nicolas François’ was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House’s founder. The blend, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, is sourced from Grands and Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims. 15% of the wine was vinified in oak barrels, and the wine aged sur lie for 10 years before disgorgement. The rich texture is impeccably balanced by the sheer energy and finesse of this wine. It presents layer upon layer of complexity, weaving between nuances of peaches, apple tart, and cream. These wines are certainly distinct styles, but both have been expertly crafted and aged into collectible indulgences. Billecart-Salmon Champagnes have captured the hearts of many consumers and critics—take advantage of Concierge pricing to experience the greatness this house has to offer!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in CO, NY, TN, or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.