96 points James Suckling: "A rounded vintage, with very attractive white peach, apricot and nectarine fruits as well as lemon and yellow grapefruit, dried flowers, orange rind and some clotted cream. The palate has an assertive, sturdy and punchy feel to it. Bright acidity that's lime sorbet-like. Good length and plenty of fresh stone fruit flavors. Fleshy and lively. Drink this now. (1/7/18)"
96 points Decanter: "Nicolas François 2006 possesses an impressive aromatic richness of hazelnuts, white fruit and spring flowers. This is a vinous, chalky, visceral Champagne from Billecart, with brioche and a laser-like texture. This could become a reference point. Made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, with 20% vinified in oak barrels. Dosage: 6g/l. (Nov 2019)"
95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(40% Côte des Blancs chardonnay, 60% pinot from Aÿ, Mailly-Champagne and Rilly-la-Montagne; 10% vinified in oak barrels (15% of pinot and 5% of chardonnay); partial malolactic fermentation; aged 10 years on lees; 6g/L dosage; cork; 60,000 bottles)... A powerful Nicolas François that ricochets with the ripe 2006 vintage. The rich generosity and fast-evolving mood of this generous season is heightened by the toasty, spicy complexity of a little oak vinification, lending subtle, savoury smoked charcuterie notes to a core of rich grilled pineapple, fig and mirabelle plum. Age has layered its personality in wild honey, vanilla nougat, gingernut biscuits, butter, cream and bees wax. This is a Billecart of medium straw hue, even a copper tint, juxtaposing the tension of malic acidity with the bite of warm-season phenolic grip in concert with partial barrel ferment structure, making for a tussle that leaves a little dry astringency to its very long finish. It has the generosity and polish to flatter and entice nonetheless, holding outstanding line amidst frothy salt minerality. Such a rigid and consummately engineered frame promises great endurance, and it begs for time to soften and calm. Acknowledging that the vintage was ‘not as exceptional’, the house took the noble step of dropping the price by 10€. (2020-2021)"
95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast: "Named after the founder of the house, Nicolas François Billecart (who married Elisabeth Salmon), this wine is now at its peak. It is poised between fresh apple fruits and broader, riper maturity. This balance gives a ripe wine hinting at toast and almonds while still with a dry aftertaste. Drink now, although in 2019 it will be even better. Alcohol 12.5%. (Dec 2018)"
|SubRegion||Vallée de la Marne|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay|