A new vintage cuvée has been released by Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Extra Brut 2007 is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir, sourced from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and the Montagne de Reims, and 25% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay (from Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly and Vertus). It has a dosage of 4g/l. The 2007 vintage was mixed, beginning with unusually high temperatures in April and early, but uneven, flowering. A cold, wet summer led to patchy ripening – with high humidity making rot a threat – though sunshine in late August meant that many houses harvested earlier than usual. The cool summer is reflected in this Extra Brut style, making for a very dry, rather lean, palate – mineral and clean, with fresh citrus and a touch of salinity on the finish that would pair well with oysters. On the nose, freshly sliced lemon aromas are backed by hints of candied peel and marzipan.
In any six $151.79
Each $164.99
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Enjoy now 3-5 years
Foods:
To savor fully with noble fish, crustaceans, high-end hams, risotto ...
Nose:
Blend leaving a dominant personality of the great Pinot Noir Champagne tempered by the elegance and subtlety of Chardonnay native of the Côte des Blancs. A subtle richness of flavors (white and yellow fruits, zest of mandarin and citron). A persistent finish, with a chiseled structure and a aging potential worthy of the rare Champagne vintages.
Palate:
Delicious fruit intensity with elegant notes of orchard fruits, nuts and citrus fruits. A pure and nuanced sensory development around gourmet notes (marzipan, fresh pineapple and queen-claude).
Varietal Composition:
Pinot Noir Chardonnay