Billecart Salmon 'Extra Brut' 2008

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Tyson Stelzer
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James Suckling
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Wine Enthusiast
SKU
BSCH200815 UCAU
$338.99 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$338.99 Per item
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Extra Brut Vintage was conceived in 2004, a good vintage but without the structure required for the Nicolas François label. Hence it was effectively declassified and released as Extra Brut Vintage. Both labels were produced in 2006, 2007 and 2008. To distinguish it from Nicolas François, the Extra Brut blend comprises more Verzy, Verzenay and Trépail, though its ultimate aspiration is to show the personality of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The first blend in 2004 boasted 70% pinot noir, which has progressively evolved to 88% – almost blanc de noirs! Aroma: A delicious fruit intensity with elegant lemony citrus notes and nuts (flaked almonds, Menton lemons). There is a long and nuanced sensory development centred around exquisite hints of patisseries (raw butter, Mirabelle plum jelly). Palate: A taut and seductive tactile pleasure (citrus zest, seeded white flesh fruit and Breton biscuits). The wine offers a persistent finish with a structure defined by the quality of its potential as a great vintage.
Extra Brut Vintage was conceived in 2004, a good vintage but without the structure required for the Nicolas François label. Hence it was effectively declassified and released as Extra Brut Vintage. Both labels were produced in 2006, 2007 and 2008. To distinguish it from Nicolas François, the Extra Brut blend comprises more Verzy, Verzenay and Trépail, though its ultimate aspiration is to show the personality of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. The first blend in 2004 boasted 70% pinot noir, which has progressively evolved to 88% – almost blanc de noirs! Aroma: A delicious fruit intensity with elegant lemony citrus notes and nuts (flaked almonds, Menton lemons). There is a long and nuanced sensory development centred around exquisite hints of patisseries (raw butter, Mirabelle plum jelly). Palate: A taut and seductive tactile pleasure (citrus zest, seeded white flesh fruit and Breton biscuits). The wine offers a persistent finish with a structure defined by the quality of its potential as a great vintage.

Scores & Reviews

97 / 100

Tyson Stelzer

Categorically the finest Extra Brut ever conceived, this is a cuvée of laser line and immortal structure that rejoices in the lightning energy of 2008 and the exacting precision engineering that is Billecart. A glowing, medium straw hue is a dazzling prelude to its scintillating purity and drive, cut with magnificent acid line and high-tensile chalk structure. The distinguished, north-east facing slopes of Verzy and Verzenay take a delightfully fragrant and pure lead, presenting white cherry and strawberry hull that ring out in clear peals like church bells. Age has done nothing to evolve its pitch-perfect high notes, lending just the most subtle nuance of fresh almond. A cuvée to age for another 20 years at least – and it will live effortlessly for 50. In sheer, breathtaking purity, monumental chalk minerality, endless longevity – not to mention ludicrous affordability – Extra Brut 2008 is one of the champagne buys of the decade.

97 / 100

James Suckling

“A blend of 65% Pinot Noir consisting of Premier and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallee de la Marne and 35% Chardonnay from the Cote des Blancs. Significantly, this has nine years ageing on its lees (longer than some Prestige Cuvees), the 2008 was first released onto the global market back in March 2019. With an Extra Brut dosage of 4g/l, this is a highly expressive, confident and convincing interpretation of the vintage. Right now, it is youthfully sharp and focused with fine salinity, depth, acidity and balance, and as such is already extremely approachable. The flavour spectrum encompasses toast, oyster shell, citrus, cream and a flinty, mineral depth. There’s supreme balance and elegance here, combined with a hidden underlying power that will continue to emerge and broaden with time. The finish is dry and long.”

95 / 100

Wine Enthusiast

“Building on the structured Pinot Noir, often a hallmark of this producer's Champagnes, this wine is densely textured and full of white fruits from the Chardonnay. Still young, it remains on the fruit spectrum so wait until 2021 for the full glory of the maturity to come through.”