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Billecart Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire 2002

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Billecart Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire 2002

£400.00

2002 is hallowed by critics as the best vintage of the noughties, and possibly of a generation. Combine this vintage potential with the top Champagne that Billecart Salmon makes, it results in a wine you will not forget and will age gracefully for many years.

The quantities left of the 2002 Billecart Salmon Le Clos Saint Hilaire cuvee are now extremely limited – only 3000 bottles were produced in total. The wine achieved 100 points from James Suckling, Wine Enthusiast and 19/20 from Jancis Robinson.

This is a blanc de noirs (pinot only, no chardonnay) cuvee and bears the name of the patron saint of the town and top vineyard site, Mareuil-sur-Ay. The one-hectare vineyard has always belonged to the family; a single, unbroken and enclosed plot. Its vines were planted in 1964 and provide what you expect from one of the best cru sites in Champagne, particularly as the soils are so well suited to provide exceptionally pure pinot noir. To enable this great wine to mature in typical single cru style, the House chooses to add very little dosage (1g/L).

Golden with ultra-fine bubbles in the glass. Aromatic notes of fresh figs, bergamot with flower blossom. On the palate, honeyed characteristics, yeasty complexity following 15 years on lees (!) mixes with buttery citrus, panettone and a sweet, gentle nuttiness. An ultra-long finish to notes of spices and praline. The outstanding wine will mature wonderfully over the next 20 years, serve between 12°C – 15°C (and definitely no cooler!).

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