2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Brut Rosé

imageTasted alongside the most recent assemblage of the NV Rosé which also impressed. This possessed far greater depth and impact though, without a corresponding loss of freshness. Equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 8g/l residual sugar. Sourced entirely from Grand Cru vineyards. Imported by Domaine Wine Shippers.

Admirable tug and pull. The presence of both maturity and the Pinot counterpointed by fine, driving acidity. Raspberry, rose petals and red cherries alongside pronounced tangy citrus characters. Hints of pepper and orange rind. Purity of fruit is maintained with bread and pastry lees-derived notes never obfuscating the sheer quality of the grapes. Excellent minerally definition and persistence. Oak is distinguishable and seems to contribute to the nuanced phenolic structure – but by and large it resides in the wings. 96

Region: Champagne, France
Closure: Cork
Price: $395
Tasted: April 2014

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