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

Posted on | December 28, 2015 | Written by Michael Adler | No Comments

Michael Adler 5.29.15In honor of the sparkling wine sale in today’s eLetter (it goes live at around 2:00 p.m.), I wanted to focus on two fantastic Champagnes from a favorite IWM estate, Billecart-Salmon. Independent and family-owned for almost 200 years, Billecart-Salmon has been crafting some of the region’s very best wines for six generations. The estate sources fruit from 40 distinct sites, most of which lie within a 20 kilometer radius of Epernay, and it selects the best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes to assemble its delicate blends. The house style marries richness and structure with gorgeous acidity and finesse, yielding wines of incredible depth and complexity. If you’re not personally familiar with the joys of Billecart-Salmon, I urge you to try a bottle and allow yourself to be won over by its luxurious texture and undeniable charm.

Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Réserve $59.99

The estate’s tried and true “workhorse wine,” the non-vintage Brut Reserve is a cuvée of several vintages, blended together to create a consistent house style. Delicately textured and luxurious, the Brut Reserve receives a relatively modest dosage and shows less sweetness than many of its competitors. Subtle hints of toasted brioche dance with notes of lemon curd, orange blossoms and honey, with a distinct saline note revealing itself on the long, bright finish. Try it with a decadent triple-cream cheese, and you’ll be hooked!

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé $89.99

Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Rosé is a standard bearer for non-vintage rosé Champagne. Wonderfully aromatic and ultra-refined, it glides across the palate with mouth-watering notes of strawberries, raspberries, and roses, and it finishes with refreshing saline minerality. This is one of IWM’s all-time favorite Champagnes, and I invite you to see for yourself why it’s been such a hit with our clients and staff. You won’t regret it.

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