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Billecart Salmon - Louis Salmon Blanc de Blancs 2012 (1.5L)

Price: $479.99

Producer Billecart Salmon
Country France
Region Champagne
Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2012
Sku 70039
Size 1.5L

Billecart Salmon Description

Distinguished elegance of a mineral and exceptionally precise Chardonnay with a natural balance that is a harmonious representation of the best parcels of grand crus of Côte des Blancs: Cramant, Chouilly for the finesse, Avize for the force of character and Mesnil-sur-Oger for the structure and longevity.
Louis Salmon 2012 delivers the very quintessence of the best Chardonnays in a remarkable year.

100% Côte des Blancs Grand Cru Chardonnay: 60% Mesnil-sur-Oger,
23% Cramant, 11% Chouilly and 6% Oiry.
25% of the wines are vinified in oak casks
Dosage: 3.9g/l
Aged on lees / in the cellar: 115 months

Appearance: Crystal clear appearance with a pale golden robe and subtle glints marked by hints of yellow
and green. Persistent, very intense, luminous, sparkling effervescence.

Aroma: The initial expression is one marked by floral elegance with a fine touch of hazelnut and chestnut bread.
With a racy aromatic profile and a chalky character, balanced and crystal clear (raw butter and pastry cream). An irresistible charm on airing, all wrapped up in the harmonious bond between terroir & vintage.

Palate: A creamy tactile feel of beautifully focused finesse offering a full-bodied, delightful texture. Gorgeous refreshing balance with natural and baked goods flavours (puff pastry brioche, mirabelle plum tart, limoncello). This powerful, masterful yet slender wine extends its finish towards an aromatic persistence of unbelievable length (fresh mango, mandarin pulp and candied chestnuts). 

Tasting: The inimitable dimension of a great Blanc de Blancs, pure and intense, with an integrity paired perfectly with its low dosage. Its potential and balance express an incredible finesse worthy of the greatest juxtapositions of flavours: veal sweetbreads from the Corrèze casseroled whole, Brittany abalone and samphire.

Vinous: 97 Points

The 2012 Brut Blancs de Blancs Louis Salmon is a gorgeous Champagne. Lemon confit, spice, baked apple tart, chamomile and dried flowers are all nicely amplified. The 2012 was done 75% in tank and 25% in oak, with most of the lots undergoing malolactic fermentation. There's a feeling of reserve in the 2012 that is quite appealing. This edition is terrific, but it also needs time to be at its best. I would be in no rush to open this. Low yields and a year beset by frost, hail, heavy rain, mildew and sunburn at various times produced a rich Champagne. The blend of sites in Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly, Cramant and Oiry works so well. Dosage is 3.9 grams per liter. 

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