So as you may have heard, I've picked up Billecart Salmon; probably the most sought after Champagne house there is. But I'm not really about hype. "You don't drink the label" I always say. So therefore I had to try the Champagne first chance I got and make sure it lives up to the massive reputation.
Oh my God yes it does! I like Champagne; sparkling wine in general, but this drank distinctly different from anything else I've had.
Aroma: The smell is very pretty, with fresh peach, white rose, apricot, toasted almond, a hint of toast. It didn't really have the CO2 acid smell that many Champagnes have and the fruit was more prominent, but not sweet smelling.
Palate: Gorgeous! On the palate it was very smooth. Intense apple and peach hit you up front, followed by a hint of white pepper from the effervescence, a hint of toasted brioche, and just a suggestion of sweetness. Yes I said toasted brioche, it was that particular. The flavor isn't as dry as toasted white bread and has a touch of a richness that says brioche to me. And while the wine doesn't taste sweet, it doesn't have the dry edge on the finish, that's why i say a suggestion of sweetness. The effervescence is extremely fine and smooth! I didn't pick up that lean CO2 edge I usually get from the Champagnes of big mass produced houses.
Considering that even Veuve Cliquot is up in the 40's I think paying an extra $10 or so for a much superior Champagne like this is totally worth it. For about 20% more money you get a far more enjoyable Champagne. I love it. you'll find this retail for $60 or a few $ under.
This is available at Browne Trading, Provisions in Brunswick, Old Port Wine Merchant, Lily Lupine and Fern, The Wine Seller, and Tess's Market.