Billecart-Salmon CHAMPAGNE BRUT SOUS BOIS
Fermented and aged briefly in wood, this is dry, intense and toasty while still giving space for white fruits and some citrus. Richly endowed, spicy, and tangy, its structure and tight texture mark it out as a Champagne for long-term aging. The aftertaste is brisk, packed with acidity and with reminiscences of the oak-aging in the vanilla finish. Drink this bottling from 2018.
International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Smoky pear and redcurrant scents are complicated by toasty lees, vanilla and fresh rose. Silky and expansive on the palate, offering toasty citrus and orchard fruit flavors that are given lift and spine by juicy acidity. The toasty note comes back on the mineral-tinged finish, which lingers with impressive tenacity.
Shows lovely integration, with no discernible break between the racy acidity and silky texture and the flavors of fresh apple and white cherry fruit, chalk, lemon zest and pickled ginger. Spice and graphite notes play on the finish. Drink now through 2020