Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois - Review
Our Selection for Wine of the Week December 24, 2012
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois Champagne, France
A medium-sized and highly regarded Champagne house, Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. Unlike many of France's better-known Champagne houses, it has remained family-owned for seven generations. The Brut Sous Bois is a unique cuvée, vinified in oak and blended from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Its aromas are a mouthwatering mix of holiday flavors including vanilla, butter, baking bread, citrus and dried stone fruits. Although the nose is lovely, it's the mouthfeel that is this wine's finest feature. A silky feeling on the tongue combined with the texture of fine bubbles makes for an unforgettable experience in the mouth. Flavors include Meyer lemon and grapefruit with brioche and a hint of baking spice on the finish. The wine works well on its own or with warm hors d'oeuvres like stuffed mushrooms, tiny crab cakes or mini quiches. But it would also pair nicely with an elegant meal of white fish in lemon butter sauce or poached lobster.