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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £1,160.58
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Champagne 6x75cl 1 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £1,160.58
Bollinger Rose NV (6x75cl)
£284.58
Inc. VAT: £284.58
NV

Bollinger Rose NV (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (17)

Mid to pale salmon. Definitely lots of orange in there. But this, unlike 90% of pink champagnes, is real wine! Lots of development on the nose and a breadiness. Tastes dry and has a beginning, middle and end. Relatively low acid but not sickly. Just on the (most attractive) edge of decay. Surely oak and age have played a part here.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
6-8 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 6 17 (JR) Read Review/Description £284.58
Inc. VAT: £284.58
Charles Heidsieck Brut Rose Reserve NV (6x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £312.18
NV

Charles Heidsieck Brut Rose Reserve NV (6x75cl)

Decanter (95)

Based on the terrific Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage, this is a top-dollar pink at a reasonable price. Fresh, intense and opulent, but also refined and of great class. All sorts of sensuous fruits, including black cherry, plum and even prunes, are checked by freshness and vigour. Dosage 11g/l. Disgorged in 2017 Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/champagne/charles-heidsieck-brut-reserve-rose-champagne-france-17347#d6DldfRV3Wui3eXB.99
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 1 95 (DC) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £312.18
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)
In Bond: £950.00
2008

Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rose 2008 (6x75cl)

Matthew Jukes (19+)

Created in 1988 as a tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this is the latest release and it has already benefitted from a remarkable ten years on its lees, because my sample was disgorged in October 2020. Made from 76% Grands Crus and 24% Premiers Crus, 55% Pinot Noir comes from Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, Mareuil-sur-Äy and Äy and 45% Chardonnay comes from Chouilly, Cramant and Mesnil-sur-Oger. 9% red wine was added from Valofroy, a parcel of particularly old vines (60+ years old in 2008) situated high up on the hill above the winery in Mareuil. And 17% of the wine was vinified at low temperature in oak barrels which are, on average, 15 years old. The dosage is 7g/L. For the very first time, Elisabeth is available in magnums. I enjoyed an energetic tasting with Mathieu Roland-Billecart and he explained that this 2008 vintage seems like it has stolen the finest parts of each of the 1996 (tension), 2002 (layers of flavour) and the 2007 (refinement) and rolled them all into one wine! In a way, this is a fabulous analogy, but there is more to this vintage than meets the eye. The freshness and acidity here are both spectacular. These notes underpin the refined flavour with jolts of electricity which gather to form bolts of lightning. This is a young wine and yet the tenderness of the fruit is perfectly counterpointed by the shocking youthfulness on the finish. I cannot believe that 13 years have passed in the blink of an eye and so this means that 2008 Elisabeth might well be one of the slowest to age and longest-lived wines under this label to date. Having said this, the fruit is already magnificent. Mathieu asked me if I was familiar with the great French dessert clafoutis! At once a cherry clafoutis aroma arose from the glass, with faint notes of ginger blossom, saffron and white pepper. This is a crystalline and yet kaleidoscopic wine with fractals of flavour which splinter and shiver on the palate. It is high-tensile at the same time as being fragile and demure. It is everything Elisabeth would have wanted in her namesake wine.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
3-4 months

Champagne 6x75cl 1 19+ (MJ) Read Review/Description In Bond: £950.00
Bollinger Rose NV (6x75cl)
In Bond: £220.00
NV

Bollinger Rose NV (6x75cl)

Jancis Robinson (17)

Mid to pale salmon. Definitely lots of orange in there. But this, unlike 90% of pink champagnes, is real wine! Lots of development on the nose and a breadiness. Tastes dry and has a beginning, middle and end. Relatively low acid but not sickly. Just on the (most attractive) edge of decay. Surely oak and age have played a part here.
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
6-8 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 6 17 (JR) Read Review/Description In Bond: £220.00
Charles Heidsieck Brut Rose Reserve NV (6x75cl)
In Bond: £243.00
NV

Charles Heidsieck Brut Rose Reserve NV (6x75cl)

Decanter (95)

Based on the terrific Pinot Noir from the 2012 vintage, this is a top-dollar pink at a reasonable price. Fresh, intense and opulent, but also refined and of great class. All sorts of sensuous fruits, including black cherry, plum and even prunes, are checked by freshness and vigour. Dosage 11g/l. Disgorged in 2017 Read more at http://www.decanter.com/wine-reviews/france/champagne/charles-heidsieck-brut-reserve-rose-champagne-france-17347#d6DldfRV3Wui3eXB.99
Estimated Arrival to United Kingdom:
5-7 weeks

Champagne 6x75cl 1 95 (DC) Read Review/Description In Bond: £243.00

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