Followed a 2004 Veuve at the end of a long CNY dinner. Rather thin and equally unimpressive Champage as the Veuve, and miles away from how I remember a truly beautiful NV Billecart Salmon Rose a couple years ago. Besides palate fatigue after a number of red wines that evening, the reason could be that there was plenty of the very difficult 2011 vintage in this particular and recently bought NV, as the back label on this bottle stated that the 2011 vintage contains up to 40% reserve.
Wonderful New Years Eve bottle. This Rose has a pale pink salmon color and a beautiful nose of tart fruit and yeast. It is medium to full bodied with nice fruit, minerality, and tangy acidity. Tastes of raspberries, strawberries, and toast. It has a nIce long finish, as well. My top pick for non-vintage champagne.
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(NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosť) From 375 ml - light pink orange color with few small bubbles; yeasty, tart cherry, white chocolate nose; tasty, yeasty, white chocolate, golden raspberry palate; medium-plus finish
(NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosť) From a half-bottle. A gorgeous colour, reminiscent of smoked salmon. Strawberry and raspberry fruit on the nose, with hints of soy sauce. The palate is immediately impressive on entry, rich and creamy, with a full, foaming but elegant mousse. More elegant summer fruits, particularly strawberries with cream, with a leafy edge. Good acidity. Drinking very well now, but will be fine to drink over the next one to two years. I feel that Billecart-Salmon produce the most attractive non-vintage rosé Champagne.
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