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(NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve) Light straw yellow color with abundant, steady, small bubbles; tart pear, applesauce nose; delicious, crisp, very tart pear, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ points
(NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve) Light medium yellow color with steady, tiny bubbles; tart apple, yeasty nose; tart apple, mineral, chalk palate, a little coarse; medium-plus finish 90+ points
(NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Réserve) Light yellow color with very speedy, very tiny bubbles; yeasty, white flower, pear nose; very tasty, complex and delicate, tart pear, tart green apple, mineral, lightly yeasty palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve) A bright style on the nose, with a chalky character. The palate, however, is quite gentle, rounded and creamy. Soft and full-flavoured with notes of baked white fruits over a fine grip which shows at the end, together with good acidity here too. Touch of creaminess to the mousse. Very good.
(NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve) There is still a lot of sulphur here, with notes of sea salt and minerals, and behind that some notes of slightly medicinal, cough-candy notes. Minerally, firm, salty but also very sulphurous palate. Quite full and characterful beneath it all though, and overall it is nicely composed. A good, firm finish. I can only hope that the sulphur will dissipate with time as it is quite predominant at the moment.
(NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne) Purchasd Autumn 2002. A pale golden yellow, with a very fine bead. Fairly delicate on the nose, with floral hints and a subtle, bready note. More showy on the palate, with a full body and good, creamy mousse, although quite foamy, with a somewhat sherbetty edge which I always find distracting. Strong acidity. Little complexity to the acidic, citrus fruits. Another that would benefit from six or more months in the cellar.
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