2007 billecart-salmon, elisabeth salmon brut rose
Why We're Buying
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Millésime is a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, the co-founder of the eponymous Champagne house. The cuvée transforms grapes into an art form, distinguishing itself with grandeur and refined character. In 2019, wine critic Antoine Gerbelle rated Billecart-Salmon as one of the world's ten best Champagne houses.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Aromas of red berries, orange rind, dried flowers, warm brioche and spices introduce the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth, one of the highlights of this tasting chez Billecart. It's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with an enveloping attack and a bright underlying spice of acidity, revealing plenty of chalky dry extract and concentration, concluding with a long and precise finish. Despite the style of the vintage and the fact that malolactic fermentation was largely blocked, this is quite a textural, powerful wine.
Extremely fleshy, fresh and exuberant with unashamedly expressive red cherries, raspberries and strawberries, with cinnamon and other baking spices, too. Sleek, vinous and tangy. A clever wine for the playful fruit presence that belies the power and structure behind it. Hints of chocolate creep into the finish.
This rare prestige cuvee rose from Billecart-Salmon is a stunning blend of 50:50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Pinot comes from prime vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and Marne Valley, while the Chardonnay comes from top sites in the Cote des Blancs. A beautifully subtle and sophisticated oeil de perdrix colour, this also comes with a very fine bead which threads its way from the base of the glass to the surface of the wine. The dainty red fruit is soft and supple with elegance, energy and a gently persistent vinosity. The dosage of 6g/l is perfectly weighted against the fresh acidity. It has great length and equilibrium - this will age with ease.
An elegant rosé Champagne, fresh and focused, with the silky mousse carrying a fine range of nectarine and white cherry fruit, underscored by grated ginger, marzipan and saline flavors. Offers a lingering, creamy finish.
A Champagne of precision and class, the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth is light, airy and finely cut. The blend is 50 Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 50 Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, with a touch of still Pinot from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Not surprisingly, the Chardonnay plays a significant role in shaping the wine’s personality and overall feel. Citrus, orchard fruit, crushed berry and floral notes are all nicely lifted. Partial malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors and textures vibrant. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Drinking window: 2020 - 2030