= 2006 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart" Brut Champagne =

tl;dr this is a contender for Wine of the Year for me across everything I've drunk so far in 2020

This is Billecart-Salmon's tête de cuvée named after one of its founders. It's 60% pinot noir/40% chardonnay,an astounding 11 years on the lees, with only 5% in barrel, and partial ML fermentation. This wine is so balanced and has a little bit of everything. It has the complexity, richness, power, and all the bready, yeasty, brioche, poached pear, vanillin notes one would expect for something that's thisbut simultaneously it has fresh apple, lilac,peach, and a whole kaleidoscope of fresh fruit flavors. A fine mousse, and round mouthfeel complete this wine. Can be served as an apertif, or would pair well with a variety of food

It's a powerhouse in the making and very impressive for it $100 price point. If you can get your hands on a bottle, I think you'll be delighted by the experience it offers

You can get this for $100?! It’s £120+ in the U.K. had a bottle at Christmas a couple of years back. I’m generally not a huge fan of the B-S style, exception for their ‘sous bois’ cuvee that is very interesting. If you can find it, try the EJ Carr extraArras of Tasmania - 12 years on the lees, knocks bits off a lot of vintage champagne including prestige cuvees. Joseph Perrier ‘Josephine’ is another old fave

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