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2006 Cuvée Nicolas François, Billecart-Salmon: “The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry” SR

“The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable” Stephan Reinhardt

97 point 2006 Cuvée Nicolas François, Billecart-Salmon

We are delighted to offer a lovely parcel of Cuvée Nicolas François from the iconic Champagne Billecart-Salmon.

Many of you will have enjoyed drinking the NV and rose champagnes from Billecart-Salmon which offer some of the best value champagnes in the Grand Marque category. Allow me to introduce you to the latest release of Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart from the 2006 vintage.

Produced only in years of outstanding quality, the 2006 has received its best ever 97-point score from The Wine Advocate. Much was written about the overall quality of the 2002 vintage in Champagne but this exceptional score puts it way above the lauded 2002 and 1996 vintages, scoring 95 and 94+ respectively.

“Fresh honey and bright poached apples with dried flowers, cherry pastry and richness that flows to the palate. A ripe array of white peaches, baked cherry pastry and a complex, smooth fleshy build in texture. White peaches and brioche to close” James Suckling

“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 – Drinking to 2036” 97 points, Stephan Reinhardt – The Wine Advocate

2006 Cuvée Nicolas François, Billecart-Salmon: “The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry” SR