Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut 2016
This wine, with an extra brut dosage, is dominated by great Pinot Noir flavors which is tempered by the elegance of the Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and that signature touch of Pinot Meunier.
The year 2016 was marked by a chain of extreme weather events: frost, hail, rain, heatwave... The sunshine of August allowed the grapes to ripen beautifully in their final stretch. After this intense year, the 2016 harvest offers a gratifying conclusion to the year that was endured: great health conditions, a degree of ripeness preserving freshness and a fine acidity for the vintage. Billecart-Salmon was able to exploit all the facets of this vintage to craft a remarkable wine that is both palatable while displaying stunning tension.
On the eye: A rose-gold hue with glinting flecks of soft green, naturally enhanced by a fine, abundant and dynamic effervescence.
On the nose: Deliciously fruity intensity with elegant notes of nuts and stone fruits (greengage and crunchy cherries). Prolonged and nuanced development of exquisite notes of baked goods (crepe dough and puffed cereals). A superlative aroma, with a refreshing and sophisticated purity.
On the palate: : A charming mouthfeel with notes of fresh pineapple and sudachi zest, amplified by a creamy and delicate texture. A persistent finish with a chiseled structure.
Varietals: 66% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% Grands crus in Montagne de Reims for Pinot Noir and Côte des Blancs for Chardonnay
Aging: 89 months on the lees