2004 Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne SKU #1157082


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K&L Notes

This top notch bottling from Billecart is exclusively grand cru and contains fruit from Avize, Chouilly and Mesnil. It is 15% barrel fermented, and surprisingly creamy for how much fabulous chalky acidity it has. (Gary Westby, K&L Wines Champagne buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Diana Turk
    By: Diana Turk
    K&L Staff Member
    The 2004 Blanc de Blancs combines all Grand Cru fruit from three villages and ages this spectacular Chardonnay in 30% old French oak barrels, and the result is stunning. Allegedly the winemaker’s favorite cuvée, this is deliciously chalky, evolving with each sip, and while it would easily please a sophisticated crowd, it might be a better fit for more esoteric palates looking for something powerful and artistic. This is both high concept and richly enjoyable, bright with sharp acid, and beautifully leesy with a brioche finish. I’d drink this in a bigger wine glass and be happy all night.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    A wine like this, a true work of art showing its full potential after so many years, is inspiring. It’s made from Chardonnay from all three Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs, partially aged in barriques for depth and complexity, then aged on the lees for 9 years. It displays those rich Grand Cru fruit aromas (pear, stone fruit, figs) with a well integrated toasty-brioche character and honey. The flavors complement each other perfectly on the palate, craftily balanced by a youthful acidity. This is a beautiful wine that’s ready to be enjoyed and contemplated.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    My favorite vintage Champagne of our 2016 staff summit was the 2004 Billecart-Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne. It epitomized the ideal of elegance in wine, and had a creamy ease and subtle restraint that would leave even the most jaded of palates asking for another glass. The incredible fruit sources in the Grand Cru’s of Chouilly, Mesnil and Avize and the natural balance of the classic 2004 vintage undoubtedly contributed top quality ingredients, but the cold fermentations and judicious use of top quality cooperage at Billecart delivered the wine… This is a bottle I hope to drink again soon.
    Drink from 2016 to 2054


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