Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Cuvée Nicolas François 2006

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France
WA 97
JS 96
DE 96
TCG 95
WE 95
12.5% ABV
Item # 701776

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$124.95
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750ml
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97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure Champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way. My sample is from lot L 193A815 45578 that was disgorged in April 2018. Tasted in November 2018. (Dec 2018)"

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)"
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97 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure Champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way. My sample is from lot L 193A815 45578 that was disgorged in April 2018. Tasted in November 2018. (Dec 2018)"

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)"
Product SKU 701776
Producer Billecart-Salmon
Country France
Region Champagne
SubRegion Vallée de la Marne
Varietal Champagne / Sparkling Blend
Vintage 2006
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
ABV 12.5%
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