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Francois 2008 Billecart
Champagne Francois 2008 Billecart, balance and maturity This exceptional cuvée, created in 1964 as a tribute to the founder of the House, is the fruit of a blend of Grands Crus from the classified communes of the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir) and the Côte des Blancs (Chardonnay). The vinification, partly in traditional barrels, affirms the full, generous character of a style aimed at subtle, natural elegance.
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the structure of this Champagne
Harmonious balance between the various components of acidity.
Supple, easy-drinking champagne, the acidity doesn't clash with the palate.
Generous champagne with great intensity.
Long on the palate
Champagne aromas linger on the palate.
IN THE EYE
A beautiful golden yellow color with luminous reflections. The crystalline, sparkling visual perception gives the effervescence a lift of finely chiselled Champagne bubbles.
ON THE MOUTH
A well-balanced tension achieved by the blossoming of the wine (fresh yellow raspberry, fresh quince, honeyed cookies and caviar lemon), symbolized by noble flavors (fresh fig, licorice and pigeon heart cherry). A texture with a personality asserted by its limestone imprint and incredible power, mastered by its low, fully integrated dosage. The rare complexity of the finish evolves into notes of toast and bergamot.
All the richness and subtlety of a complex yet refreshing aromatic curve. Fine, intense notes of orchard fruit, combined with the character of stone and nut fruits (lightly roasted slivered almonds, frangipane, candied mandarin peel) and underlined by the radiance of a floral persistence (acacia flower and rose petal).
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Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart was created in 1964 as a tribute to the House's founder. Seductive with its subtle balance and ripeness, this 2008 vintage is the fruit of a blend of Grands Crus (83%) and Premiers Crus (17%) from classified communes in the Montagne de Reims, Grande Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs regions
About this house
It all began here in 1818, when Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon joined forces to create their Champagne House. A family affair, since Louis Salmon, Elisabeth's brother and a passionate oenologist, was involved in making the wines. And so, for 7 generations, each member of the family has endeavored to perpetuate the family tradition, remaining faithful to an immutable oath: "to privilege quality, to aim for excellence".
The Perfect Pairing
Champagne and food
This champagne sublimates a beet tartar
This champagne goes wonderfully well with a filet of Saint-Pierre.
A perfect accompaniment to a Naranjo en Flor
Chef MAURO COLAGRECO
My encounter with Billecart-Salmon dates back to my arrival in France over 20 years ago. One of the first champagnes I tasted was the Brut Rosé, and I was extremely seduced by the delicacy and finesse of this wine. Since then, I've been lucky enough to work in some of France's finest gastronomic establishments, where I've always found Billecart-Salmon on their wine lists. Billecart was immediately one of my favorite champagnes! Nicolas François 2008 is a truly exceptional cuvée. This wine of character reveals a lovely roundness that evolves into a citrus tension characteristic of Chardonnay. This cuvée lends itself to numerous pairings. I immediately imagine a beurre monté with Menton lemon accompanied by a fish like Saint-Pierre. The zest notes echo the acidity of the citrus. On the sweet side, I'm thinking of our "Naranjo en Flore" citrus desserts, with almond, orange and saffron. This vintage has just the right amount of spice. Where's the best place to taste this cuvée? At my restaurant Le Mirazur in Menton!
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