Cuvée Nicolas François is made from solely Grand Cru fruit sourced from the classified Côte des Blancs vineyards (Chardonnay) and the Montagne de Reims (Pinot Noir). Its vinification, partially in traditional oak casks, underpins the generous character of this fine, elegant and rich wine. The balance of a tension controlled by the blossoming of the wine (preserved peaches, fine apple tart and lemon verbana tea) and embodied by the line of noble flavours (fresh figs and exceptional teas). It maintains a consistency reflecting a distinct personality and retains a power controlled by a well integrated low dosage.
Simply stunning and one of our favourite Champagnes. First launched in 2010 and contains the following vintages: 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005. Sous Bois is a unique cuvée vinified in oak but has no obvious signs of oak on the nose. Brooding, rich and decadent with buttered brioche, citrus fruit and a little smoke. Truly a remarkable food-friendly Champagne.
94 Points - Stuart McCloskey
A beautiful floral nose – A little Jasmine evolves with some aeration. Very delicate, refined with a lovely sense of harmony (perhaps the femininity comes from Caroline Latrive’s deft touch – She certainly captures the house style beautifully). This is a beautifully delineated Champagne with a purity and length not often found at this price. Lots of tension - Really excellent. What's more, by Champagne standards this represents truly outstanding value.
The ’04 Gran Cru is remarkable in every sense. Power prevails over Billecart’s trademark finesse with a third of the wine vinified in French oak. Rich, hedonistic with majestic length, which quite honestly goes on forever!
A terrior driven, 100% Chardonnay beautifully crafted from Grand Cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs. The minerality and sheer finesse shines through to a sublime finish. Simply gorgeous!
The ’02 Cuvée Nicolas François is made from solely Grand Cru fruit (60% Pinot Noir & 40% Chardonnay) and is one of the most beautiful Champagnes that I and many critics have tasted for many years. Some are comparing the ’02 to the great and legendary 1964, which is an extraordinary tribute. A Champagne that can be easily described as hauntingly beautiful as the balance between power and endless complexity is something very rare. The best wine from Billecart’s portfolio and will reward a further 10-15 years of cellaring (if you can resist).
We adore Billecart’s zero-dosage Champagnes. Their NV is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir from three different years, sourced from the best sites in the region. Granted, it is dry but distinctly fruity with pear skin, orchard fruit and quince.
Indeed quite dry, as expected however, it’s super delicious and invigorates the palate. Minerality sings a beautiful tune and we adore the richness and creaminess which adds such balance.
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 72 months)
In short, this is simply the greatest Blanc de Noir (100% Pinot Noir) which money can buy. Produced from an ancient vineyard planted in 1946 and spends an incredible 72 months on its lees, which adds considerable complexity to what is already something quite extraordinary. This is truly a treat and stirs the depths of your soul (if you are one of the lucky few).
(Disgorged July 2015, Lees: 48 months)
Sourced from the Grand Cru terroirs of Ambonnay, Bouzy and Verzena and crafted in a similar approach to the Grand Cru Tradition with the exception of the inclusion of Egly’s incredibly rare Coteaux Champenois rouge. Sadly, most rosé Champagnes rarely live up to their price tag however, this is utterly electrifying and simply one of the greatest rosés available today. Magnificent on its own, however, this is one rosé Champagne that has enough weight and tension to partner food.