97 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is shaping up to be a jewel of a wine, but it needs time to be at its best. I am surprised by how tightly wound it is. But that only makes me think what it might develop into with time in the cellar. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and sage meld together in a bright, crystalline Champagne endowed with terrific purity. The 2006 is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, mostly done in steel, with just a touch of oak, around 5%. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Drink: 2020-2032. (Aug 2020)"
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... (2020-2021)"
95 points and 'Cellar Selection,' Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2018).
|SubRegion||Vallée de la Marne|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|
|Blend||60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay|