n.v. Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut “Sous Bois” France.
Billecart’s fantastic and dazzling “Sous Bois” Champagne is a special cuvee that is crafted like Krug and Vilmart with wood fermentation and raised in oak barrel giving much more depth and texture with an exotic appeal. The artisan touch on this sparkler shows with deft balance and vivid flavors that lean on apple and lemon fruits, toasty brioche and mineral notes. This blend of vintages, and blend of mostly Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and a little Pinot Meunier adds complexity and while it looks like you could age this beauty, it is a classy and decadent Champagne you can enjoy now. Without question this is great bubbly, and though I love their classic Brut Rose this is my favorite non-vintage Billecart by a wide margin.
($90 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive

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