Champagne Billecart-Salmon Réserve NV
- Rich, complex
The icon Billecart-Salmon Champagne house have a 200 year history in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, where they craft some of the best sparkling wine in the world. They describe their Brut Réserve as “Balance and Harmony”, the perfect blending of the three major Champagne grapes, made with expert precision.
With so many styles of fizz available, we like to dive deep when it comes to Champagne. This one was fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness, but it did go through malolactic fermentation - so expect drive balanced with creaminess. It’s made with 50% to 60% reserve wines, which brings complexity and depth, and it was aged on lees for a massive 30 months. They call it a drink for every occasion and we agree - it’s great as an aperitif but can certainly hold its own with food.
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- 40% Pinot Meunier 30% Pinot Noir 30% Chardonnay
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Champagne is not generic sparkling wine, it's a region. There I said it. Get it right people. The reason the French get their lingerie in a twizzle when we call Trilogy 'Champoyne' is the history, the money and the angst that have all gone into making Champagne what it is today: a bureaucratic, strictly controlled, marketing-driven behemoth, that still manages to pump out some of the world's finest and most consistent wines. Adding bubbles to wine was a masterstroke of genius, and makes wine from marginal regions not only palatable, but unique and eminently desirable. But it's the way the grapes are grown, the land they're grown in, and the way the bubbles are generated that makes traditional method sparkling (which all Champagne is) special. There will always be alternatives, but none have the history and marketing power of the luxury Champagne powerhouses. You're not buying wine; you're buying a brand name. And that's ok.