Billecart-Salmon Brut Champagne Sous Bois NV

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Champagne, France
TCG 95
JS 94
WS 94
WA 92
DE 92
IWC 92
12.0% ABV
Item # 333722

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750ml
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95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2008 vintage base; disgorged November 2012; malolactic fermentation on Pinot Meunier only; one-third of each of the champagne varieties; one-third reserve wines from the previous two harvests; fully oak-fermented below 16 degrees C; aged on lees in barrel with bâtonnage for 6 months; 7g/L dosage; DIAM closure). Sous bois is as distinctive for Billecart as its bold, modern label. Billecart is constantly experimenting, and occasionally something emerges from its trials for all to behold... Sous bois is literally 'under wood', inspired by oak-fermented parcels destined for Billecart's top cuvées. The precision of the 2008 season has brought this blend closer to its aspiration--fresher, tighter, more elegant, ultimately more 'Billecart' than the grand complexity and fullness of the inaugural 2006 base, with its flamboyant spectacle of swirls of butterscotch. The 2008 exalts the crunchy strawberry hull and fresh white cherries of its pinot core, intricately interwoven with the spice, toast and creamy texture of oak, without ever becoming oaky. It sings with classic Billecart precision, while basking in the richness of barrel fermentation, silky and alluring, confronting and commanding, all at once. (2014-2015)"

94 points Wine Spectator: "A finely honed, mouthwatering Champagne, featuring a minerally underpinning of saline and chalk accents. Lacy in texture, offering wild cherry and pear fruit flavors, with toast point, lime blossom and lemon pastry cream notes. Drink now through 2025. (8/21/19)"

94 points James Suckling: "This sees some time in wood and that adds a very attractive, savory edge to the typically vibrant Billecart attitude. There’s such intense blood-orange, lemon and fresh, zesty citrus fruit on offer here that really sings. The palate is scintillatingly fresh and has an extra layer of velvet at the edge. Drink or hold. (9/2/19)"

92 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "Fermented in small oak barrels and aged for six to seven years on the bottle lees prior the disgorgement (dosage: seven grams per liter), the NV Brut Sous Bois is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in equal parts whose composition includes 67% of the 2009 harvest and 33% reserve wines from the 2008 harvest. The nose is spicy, pure and fresh, delivering small red berry, white fruit and floral as well as nicely fresh oak flavors to the ripe and well-concentrated nose. Full-bodied and rich, this is a very intense and well-structured, pure and vinous champagne clearly driven by the two Pinot varieties in terms of fruit and body. The Chardonnay, however, contributes freshness, finesse and a long, citrus-fresh and tightly structured finish. Tasted from lot L 390A743 44031 that was disgorged in October 2017. Drink: 2019-2027. (Jun 2018)"

92 points Decanter: "This is produced from an equal blend of the three classic Champagne grape varieties: Pinot Noir sourced from the Montagne de Reims sector and Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (both from premier cru and grand cru villages), plus Pinot Meunier from the Marne Valley. It has delicate notes of hazelnut and white fruit as well as a hint of pastry, showing lots of personality on the palate and a pleasing lightness on the finish. Suitable for fish served with a white or Normandy sauce. Drinking Window: 2018-2020. (Dec 2018)"
95 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2008 vintage base; disgorged November 2012; malolactic fermentation on Pinot Meunier only; one-third of each of the champagne varieties; one-third reserve wines from the previous two harvests; fully oak-fermented below 16 degrees C; aged on lees in barrel with bâtonnage for 6 months; 7g/L dosage; DIAM closure). Sous bois is as distinctive for Billecart as its bold, modern label. Billecart is constantly experimenting, and occasionally something emerges from its trials for all to behold... Sous bois is literally 'under wood', inspired by oak-fermented parcels destined for Billecart's top cuvées. The precision of the 2008 season has brought this blend closer to its aspiration--fresher, tighter, more elegant, ultimately more 'Billecart' than the grand complexity and fullness of the inaugural 2006 base, with its flamboyant spectacle of swirls of butterscotch. The 2008 exalts the crunchy strawberry hull and fresh white cherries of its pinot core, intricately interwoven with the spice, toast and creamy texture of oak, without ever becoming oaky. It sings with classic Billecart precision, while basking in the richness of barrel fermentation, silky and alluring, confronting and commanding, all at once. (2014-2015)"

94 points Wine Spectator: "A finely honed, mouthwatering Champagne, featuring a minerally underpinning of saline and chalk accents. Lacy in texture, offering wild cherry and pear fruit flavors, with toast point, lime blossom and lemon pastry cream notes. Drink now through 2025. (8/21/19)"

94 points James Suckling: "This sees some time in wood and that adds a very attractive, savory edge to the typically vibrant Billecart attitude. There’s such intense blood-orange, lemon and fresh, zesty citrus fruit on offer here that really sings. The palate is scintillatingly fresh and has an extra layer of velvet at the edge. Drink or hold. (9/2/19)"

92 points Stephan Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "Fermented in small oak barrels and aged for six to seven years on the bottle lees prior the disgorgement (dosage: seven grams per liter), the NV Brut Sous Bois is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in equal parts whose composition includes 67% of the 2009 harvest and 33% reserve wines from the 2008 harvest. The nose is spicy, pure and fresh, delivering small red berry, white fruit and floral as well as nicely fresh oak flavors to the ripe and well-concentrated nose. Full-bodied and rich, this is a very intense and well-structured, pure and vinous champagne clearly driven by the two Pinot varieties in terms of fruit and body. The Chardonnay, however, contributes freshness, finesse and a long, citrus-fresh and tightly structured finish. Tasted from lot L 390A743 44031 that was disgorged in October 2017. Drink: 2019-2027. (Jun 2018)"

92 points Decanter: "This is produced from an equal blend of the three classic Champagne grape varieties: Pinot Noir sourced from the Montagne de Reims sector and Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs (both from premier cru and grand cru villages), plus Pinot Meunier from the Marne Valley. It has delicate notes of hazelnut and white fruit as well as a hint of pastry, showing lots of personality on the palate and a pleasing lightness on the finish. Suitable for fish served with a white or Normandy sauce. Drinking Window: 2018-2020. (Dec 2018)"
Product SKU 333722
Producer Billecart-Salmon
Country France
Region Champagne
Varietal Champagne / Sparkling Blend
Vintage NV
Size 750ml
Color White
Blend Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay in equal parts
ABV 12.0%
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