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Expert Picks: Billecart-Salmon and…Billecart-Salmon!

Posted on | December 15, 2015 | Written by Crystal Edgar | No Comments

Crystal 2014I see every day as a celebration, so any day is the right day to enjoy a bit of sparkle in the glass! Bubbly wines are not only for special occasions; rather, they’re for anytime. The holidays just means that “anytime” happens more often, and the chances are you’ll be in needed a few special bottles of bubbly.

Sparkling wines are quite possibly the most versatile wines. This category offers a wide range of flavors, color and sweetness, and in some circumstances, these wines are great for cellar aging. Although there are many options to choose from, quality producers all share a common thread: finesse and balance. I’ve chosen two Champagne favorites that are definitely finessed and balanced. You can enjoy these bottles tonight, New Year’s Eve, or any time of year.

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Réserve $59.99

This lovely bubbly is the calling card for the Billecart estate, and it’s one of the most popular among Champagne drinkers. The Brut Réserve offers impressive structure with lovely aromas of while flowers, stone fruit and hints of chalk and minerals. A combination of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay, this is a Champagne of power, finesse and balance with a lingering flinty finish. This Champagne suits all occasions, and it’ll pair perfectly with a multitude of food dishes.

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé $89.99

This delightful Rosé is probably one of my personal favorites, offering aromas of citrus, white flowers, guava and hints of minerals. A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, the wine is brisk on the attack and finishes soft with flavors of red berries, toasted nuts and a cleansing minerality. A glass of this rosy bubbly has at least a million reasons to drink it any old night, and I highly recommend snagging some for your upcoming celebrations!

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