2016 Billecart-Salmon Vintage Champagne
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2016 Billecart-Salmon Vintage Champagne

Champagne, FRANCE
$165. 00
$1980.00 Dozen
Cellar: Drink now - 8 Years (2024-2032)
ABV: 12%
Closure: Cork

The 2016 vintage is aged on lees for 5 years and is comprised of 66% Pinot Noir and 34% Chardonnay sourced from 100% Grand Cru vineyards. 25% of the wine is matured in oak barrels and is bottled at 1.9g/L dosage.
A buoyant lacy mousse is underpinned by a pale straw to straw coloured base that has gold tinged edges and has a steady stream of nimble bubbles coursing through it. Classically finessed Billecart-Salmon aromatics of yeast lees, baked bread and brioche stream out of the glass followed by hints of cashew, citrus and oily toast like notes. Refined and sculptured by invigorating acidity, the mouth watering palate features yeast lees, citrus and baked bread flavours over delicate cashew and oily toast like characters. Finishes long and dry.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Alc. 12%

Other Reviews....
Billecart-Salmon's 2016 vintage continues the house's drive to creatively lower dosage levels, coming in with just 1.9g/L in this year of extreme weather. The 2016 will be at its best from mid-2024 but is already showing a mature clementine and juicy apricot fruitiness, warmed up with ground nuts and fragrant raspberry. Neat and slightly reticent on release, there is a subtle insistency here, and it will lengthen and unfurl with more time on cork. The most impressive of Billecart's recent vintage releases. Made with 100% grand cru fruit, 25% of which was vinified in small and large oak. Drink 2024 – 2030.
93 Points
Tom Hewson - Decanter