Wednesday, December 5, 2007

NV Billecart-Salmon Rose, Champagne, France

Light pink/salmon colour. Fresh appeal - with flowers, apples, peanuts and hints of apricot. Ballerina light on the palate – soft and pleasurable finish. Gaining of its drinking pleasure, but not a complexity treasure (87)

Tasted 21st of July 2005. Glass: Juhlin

NV Billecart-Salmon Rosé, Champagne, France
A very delicate Champagne, with strawberry, apricot notes and light berries. Nice purity, good crispiness, fresh and a nice starter that could easily be drunk without food. However the complexity is fairly low and the mousse needs to be softer for me if to score higher. (88)

(Tasted Jan-2006)

NV Billecart-Salmon, Rosé, Champagne, France

I have to say that my eyes rolled a bit when I saw this Champagne rated 94p by TWA. On top of that my good friend, Dennis – even rated it with the same appreciative score. But there is a reason for this. My previous four encounters with this Champagne have all been from bottles than was recently disgorged. I suspect that this is and older bottle as the label design could suggest it. This Champagne is absolutely stunning and a real bargain if you can find more of this specific lot. The nose is fresh, crisp and has hints of strawberry, sea food, popcorn and apples. The mousse is soft – sexy, precise and superb mineral balance. An excellent starter that could easily been drunk with or without food. (93)

NV Billecart-Salmon, Rosé, Champagne, France

Stunning N.V. Rosé – immensely drinking pleasure and this bottle was once again from the same lot (old label), which I guess have seen 4-5 years of bottle age. Popcorn, strawberry and a clean cut nose with dominate maritime notes. With some of the first antipasti seafood serving the match was perfect and the acidity was lively and had the beautiful Billecart-Salmon elegancy. (94)

(Tasted Aug-2006)

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