Billecart-Salmon’s Brut Reserve
The little village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, in the famed Champagne region of France, is home to Billecart-Salmon Champagne house. Almost 200 years ago, in 1818 Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon set out to create some great sparkling wines. The maison is now home to all commercial activities and is in a walled compound surrounded by exquisitely manicured gardens. A walk around the garden’s gravelly ways will lead you to a Chestnut Tree which is as old as the Champagne house; a reminder of the history behind the company and wines.
The Champagne house has steadily grown in popularity for their great quality wines. They have their roots in history and tradition but their outlook is geared to the changing demands of contemporary times. Billecart-Salmon Champagnes are produced from grapes which come from 220 hectares of land in 40 crus of the region. While they follow prescribed traditional methods wine making, they have also implemented their own techniques to improve the quality of the wine. In the 50s they devised a technique where the wine is fermented for longer in lower temperature, a process they call chilling. This allows the Champagne to maintain freshness and aromas. The bottle fermentation still continues to takes place in their limestone cellars dating back to 17th and 19th centuries.
Only three wines from Billecart-Salmon’s range is available in India. Their Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve is a non vintage blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from three different years.
Nose: Apart from the bread which is typical for Champagne, there are distinct fresh fruits and ripe pears.
Palate: The fruity freshness reflects on the palate as well. A well integrated acidity and a minerally finish which is both soft and rich are a highlight for the Champagne.
It will be an expensive venture if you plan to buy this wine but it will be great value-for-money at INR 5,998. You can get in touch with Wine Kart for your purchase. And if buying a bottle isn’t for you, head for the Champagne brunch at Indigo Colaba, they serve Billicart-Salmon as their pouring wine.