CHAMPAGNE BILLECART-SALMON

 

MARUEIL-SUR-AY, FRANCE

 

Concierge Sales had the pleasure of partnering with Champagne Billecart Salmon and Michelin Star Restaurant, Fiola, in Washington DC for an incredible epicurean event! With the desire to share this experience with those who were unable to attend, we are elated to offer the lineup of stunning, highly acclaimed wines from this prestigious house for up to 10% off a purchase of any 12-bottles!

 

Based in Mareuil-sur-Ay since the 17th century, the house and style of Billecart Salmon is characterized by its "balance, elegance, and finesse". The founders, Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon are commemorated in two of their Vintage Champagnes which are equal marriages of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and together, the hyphenated name truly represents purity, precision and pedigree - a champagne of true sophistication. As one of the regions oldest and most respected names in the region, the quality of this grand marques sets them apart.

 

Using the highest quality fruit available, roughly one-quarter is sourced from its own vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay (classified at 99% on the echelle des crus) while the rest comes from some of the top crus and parcels throughout Champagne. Altogether, the house sources fruit from up to 40 different crus - their Pinot is mainly from the Montagne de Reims, most of the Chardonnay is sourced from the Cote de Blancs, while their Pinot Meunier comes from the right bank of the Vallee de Marne - with each area representing the best region for each respective grape variety. Located strategically throughout the region, the house employs five presses which allows the grapes to be pressed as soon as possible after picking and are pressed for 3.5 hours in pneumatic presses. Only the best, clearest part of the press is used, producing a wine of brilliant purity and precision.

 

Their full range of wines today encompass four Non-Vintage and five Vintage cuvees with their NV Brut representing the embodiment of their house style. The blend has remained unchanged since 1945 and is comprised of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from three vintages with up to 40% reserve wine. Their Non-Vintage Rose, which put Rose Champagne on the map, is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with some still Pinot Noir blended in as well. The Non-Vintage Blanc de Blancs is a blend of five Cote de Blancs Grand Crus and their NV wines are all aged for three years on their lees. The Vintage wines are all hand-riddled and aged on their lees for 6 to 8 years, with the two top Vintage wines named to commemorate the founders of this legendary house. The Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart is a blend of grand cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is partially vinified in wood. Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon was introduced in 1988, and is comprised of an equal blend of grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the addition of still Pinot Noir from Mareuil-sur-Ay.

 

The love for these wines are shared by critics all around and we invite you to experience the greatness this house has to offer.

 

*Offer is NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in 2-4 weeks. 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 only valid in MD and VA. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Tuesday, March 16, 2018.