- On December 10, 2015
This weekend is the last weekend of the bubbles sale! 10% off all sparkling, 15% off 6 or more bottles, and 20% off 12 or more mix and match! It’s time to stock up for all the events coming up and maybe a few host gifts or stocking stuffers. If you are stocking up you might just want a special bottle for NYE or that special someone. We have the perfect Champagne house with many wines to make any event special. Billecart-Salmon is a family owned Champagne house since 1818 when Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elizabeth Salmon founded the winery. Ever since it has been a family owned, independent winery in the village of Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ. Today the whole family is still involved including the 95 year old grandfather who still takes part in the blending to make their house style of non-vintage Champagne consistent from year to year.
They own many vineyards but have to purchase some fruit to keep up with the demand for their wine. This makes them a négociant-manipulant (purchaser of grapes) instead of a récoltant-manipulant (grower). A few of their vintage or single vineyard wines come only from the vineyards they own. However, just because they purchase grapes does not mean they don’t pay close attention to the growing and handling of the grapes. They make sure every vineyard is properly taken care of to receive the best fruit possible. Their Champagnes are consistently of the highest quality and are favored among many a Champagne lover.
The Brut Réserve is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier from three different years (why it’s called a Non-Vintage) from the best parcels of fruit. On the nose it smells fresh and a touch floral with notes of pear that comes through on the rich palate. 750mL $56.99/Sale $51.29, 1.5L $119.99/Sale $107.99
The Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (white from white) is 100% Chardonnay that comes from the five Grand Cru vineyards: Avize, Chouilly, Cramant, Mesnil-Sur-Oger, and Oger. It is a blend of two different years and shows off the beauty of Chardonnay. On the nose it has notes of hazelnut with pear and white peach, and has a palate of buttered brioche and minerality. $85.99/Sale $77.39
The production secrets of the Brut Rosé go back to the origins of the winery and have been handed down for sevent generations. It is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir vinified as a red wine. Adding red wine to a white wine base is very common for rosé Champagne production. It is pale pink in color with flecks of gold and has a delicate aroma of strawberries and flowers and an elegant and fresh taste of raspberry on the palate. 750 mL $85.99/Sale $77.39, 375 mL $45.99/ Sale $41.39
For an extra special treat the 2004 Blanc de Blancs is gorgeous. It is a harmonious blend of the best Grand Crus sites of the Cote des Blancs: Chouilly for finesse, Avize for power, and MEsnil-sur-Oger for its structure and longevity. It is yellow gold in color with notes of toast, lemon peel, and sugar cookie. It is creamy and smooth on the palate with a slightly nutty, minerally, and long finish. This wine can be drunk now but saved for years to come. $171.99/Sale $154.79