The Billecart Salmon Extra Brut 2008 is the pinnacle of Billecart Salmon's Champagne range. It shows complexity and richness from the long ageing on lees and oaked base wines used in the cuve. Fruit is sourced entirely from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyard sites in Champagne. A vintage style it can be enjoyed upon release or carefully cellared for up to 20 years at least.
"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."
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