Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006

  • Produced by the prestigious Billecart-Salmon house located in Mareuil-sur-Ay, in the heart of Champagne, France, known for producing rare and sought-after champagne.
  • 98/100-Vinous" The 2006 Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is fabulous-The precision here is just mind-blowing"
  • Enchanting aromas revealing a symphony of floral notes, ripe fruits like pear and apricot, and a touch of citrus zest along with a refined pallet showcasing a harmonious blend of fruit, minerality, and subtle brioche undertones leading to a creamy luxurious finish.
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  • Vinous
    98 points
  • Robert Parker's
    95 points
  • Decanter
    93 points

Editors notes

Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006 is an exceptional champagne that offers a truly unforgettable sensory experience. Allow me to paint a picture of this remarkable vintage and entice your taste buds.

Upon pouring a glass of Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006, you'll be captivated by its beautiful golden hue with a delicate effervescence. The aromas that greet your nose are enchanting, revealing a symphony of floral notes, ripe fruits like pear and apricot, and a touch of citrus zest. These elegant aromatics are a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship employed in its production.On the palate, this champagne unfolds with grace and finesse. The flavors are refined, showcasing a harmonious blend of fruit, minerality, and subtle brioche undertones. The mousse is creamy, providing a luxurious texture that dances on your taste buds. The balance between freshness and depth is impeccable, leaving a long and lingering finish that lingers in your memory.

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, marking a significant milestone, or simply indulging in life's luxuries, Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire 2006 promises an extraordinary experience that will be cherished for years to come. Its exceptional quality, combined with its limited availability, makes it an investment that only appreciates in value.


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Apricot
    • Lime
    • Pear
  • Palate
    • Cream
    • Mineral
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Cheese
  • Fish

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Vinous

    "The 2006 Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is fabulous. In this radiant year, the Clos Saint-Hilaire has a touch more mid-palate sweetness and generosity, but that’s a good thing, as it balances some of the more austere leanings that can make young vintages hard to appreciate upon release. Apricot, lemon confit, ginger, graphite, spice and crushed rocks are strands in a gorgeous, captivating tapestry that dazzles right out of the gate. The precision here is just mind-blowing. Billecart's 2006 Clos Saint-Hilaire is a very special Champagne, that much is very clear."
  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    "Disgorged in November 2020 with two grams per liter dosage, Billecart-Salmon's newly released 2006 Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is showing well, unwinding in the glass with aromas of pear, mirabelle plum, dried fruits, walnuts, bee pollen and spices. Full-bodied, layered and vinous, it's a concentrated, muscular young wine, allying maturing flavors with broad structural shoulders and racy acids and concluding with a long, resonant and slightly mordant finish. From a parcel planted in 1964 and vinified entirely in oak, this is a powerful Champagne of considerable presence that needs some more time on cork to unwind and round out."
  • Decanter

    "Although it was disgorged in November 2020, Mathieu Roland Billecart has been keen to delay the release. The ageing post disgorgement is just as important as that before it and sometimes overlooked, he maintains. The wine has an attractive Welsh gold colour, a lively and persistent mousse, and seductive aromas of nectarine, greengage and Victoria plum. I even noted a hint of spearmint. The palate maintains a youthful nervosité; behind that generous fruit, including red fruit (cherry mainly), hints of brioche and hazelnut and then an authoritative finish. Great potential."

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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.

About the brand Billecart Salmon

In 1818, Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon founded a Champagne house in Mareuil-sur-AØ that is still family owned and operated by their descendants nearly 200 years later. The estate-grown grapes total 100 hectares, while those used in production (of 220 hectares) are sourced from 40 crus in the Champagne region. The grapes for BillecartÕs most prestigious cuvee, however, are hidden away in a small garden plot next to the family home in Mareuil-sur-AØ. The Clos Saint-Hilaire, named after the patron saint of the regionÕs church, measures just one hectare of Pinot Noir planted in 1968. Today, the 6th generation, Francois and Antoine Roland are at the helm of the house, supported by Denis BlŽe, Vineyard Director. BlŽe knows the vineyards well; heÕs been their keeper for the past twenty years. Using draught horses to till the vineyard, he promotes deep, minerally enriched roots that produce small, concentrated berries. This method also assists to promote biodiversity in the vineyard, which has allowed the winery to do away with herbicides.

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