Associate Editor Claire Nesbitt tastes two of Billecart-Salmon's exceptional vintage Champagnes with CEO Mathieu Roland-Billecart: Le Clos St.-Hilaire 2006 and Cuvée Louis Salmon 2008.
Le Clos St.-Hilaire is made from a unique, single parcel of old pinot noir vines, vinified in oak casks and aged for 13 years on the lees. 6,750 bottles were made of the 2006 vintage – an incredibly harmonious and seamless Blanc de Noirs, with fascinating spice notes and beautifully fine, integrated bubbles. It's one to enjoy for many years to come.
The Cuvée Louis Salmon 2008 is a blend of Grand Cru chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs, which will be launched later this year – a complex, rich yet focused and refined Blanc de Blancs.