Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose Champagne
Billecart’s Non Vintage Rose Champagne pours well with a white frothy mousse that displays good hold. Light salmon pink base wine colour with a very fine bead that shows excellent persistence. The nose exhibits scents of winter strawberry, subtle rose petal and delicate raspberry followed by some light confectionary and yeast lees nuances. On the palate delicate winter strawberry and raspberry flavours are overlaid by some yeast lees characters and a touch of biscuit. Excellent finesse. Clean crisp dry finish with creamy like mouthfeel. Long aftertaste of yeast lees and winter strawberry.
Drink over the next 2-3 years (2013-2016)
Notes from the House of Billecart-Salmon:
This cuvee is now considered a flagship of the range of Billecart-Salmon Champagnes. It is the result of a white vinification of the best crus of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. A small percentage of still red from our vineyards in Mareuil-sur-Ay is also included within the Pinot Noir content. This method dates back from the earliest days of our House. It gives the wine its original pale pink colour with a hint of gold. The secret of its success has been handed down through six generations.
Billecart-Salmon is one of my favorite Champagne houses, and their non-vintage Rose (Lot #L85547401905M) is a consistent winner. A delicate pink color is accompanied by gorgeous sweet cherry, strawberry, and mineral-like scents, assertive medium-bodied flavors, a delicate, crisp personality, and surprising depth as well as persistence. A beautiful berry character in the finish adds to this impeccable rose’s captivating style.
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate #162 (Dec 2005)