Billecart-Salmon 'Cuvee Louis Salmon' 2009
This cuvée was named in tribute to Louis, Elisabeth Salmon’s brother, who was passionate about oenology and highly involved in winemaking from the earliest creation of the House. Originating from the best parcels of the Côte des Blancs, the Blanc de Blancs vintage is endowed with purity and minerality.
On the eye: Crystal-clear pale-gold color with delicate glints marked by shades of yellow and green. A persistent and sparkling effervescence.
On the nose: The first expression is distinctive for its elegant patina that’s nutty and complex, with flesh and pulp of citrus fruits (mandarin, yuzu, and pear in syrup). An aromatic profile of distinguished and sophisticated purity and a chalky, balanced and crystalline character (fresh honey and raw butter). An undeniable floral charm.
On the palate: A creamy sensation in the mouth with a beautifully chiseled finesse. Beautiful and refreshing balance of natural flavors (marzipan, flaky brioche, white fruits and white pepper). This powerful, soaring wine with majestic typicity prolongs its finish towards an aromatic persistence of incredible length (cardamom, fresh mango and lemon caviar).
The unique dimension of a great Blanc de Blancs, pure and intense, with a directness perfectly associated with its low dosage. Its potential and balance express a remarkable finesse worthy of the most splendid food pairings: a lobster risotto or Teriyaki-style king scallops a la plancha.
Type: Blanc de Blancs
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% grands crus of Côtes des Blancs: 21% Chouilly, 58% Cramant, 21% Mesnil-sur-Oger
Aging: 12 years on the lees