2003 billecart-salmon, le clos saint-hilaire
Why We're Buying
Billecart-Salmon Champagnes are expensive. None are pricier than Le Clos Saint Hilaire. The average bottle of this blanc de noirs Champagne retails around $450. The grapes come from a single hectare of land with 60-year-old vines and yield no more than 7,000 bottles of wine in a single vintage.
This is an extraordinary Champagne with super density and richness, yet it’s so formed and fresh. Full-bodied with layers and layers of fruit. It’s sort of a beast! But absolutely fascinating and hard to describe. Mind-blowing! Purity and chic. This was a tiny crop of one third from this one-hectare vintage. 1,000 bottles made. Drink or hold.
This great single-vineyard Champagne is from an atypical Champagne vintage. The heat waves that punctuated the 2003 summer produced wines that are often full. In this case, though, plenty of the magic of Pinot Noir in a privileged site remains, with a taut, structured wine, full of ripe fruits but with intense acidity. Drink this beautiful wine now and well into the future.