Only 1,818 magnums of limited-edition cuvee produced for collectors worldwide
Champagne Billecart-Salmon’s 200th anniversary celebrations continue into the second half of 2018, with the limited release of the Bicentenary Cuvée. Alongside the House’s Founders’ Cuvées, this wine is an example of the elegant and lingering, yet powerful, Champagne style for which Billecart-Salmon is famous.
Introduced at the House’s anniversary garden party in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in June this year, the Bicentenary Cuvée is a blend of eight Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs, and is made up of a blend of exceptional wines from four different vintages (2000, 2003, 2008, 2012). The Pinot Noir-dominant (92%) cuvée, made in an extra brut style, has been vinified in both oak casks and stainless steel. Champagne Billecart-Salmon produced just 1,818 magnums for limited distribution worldwide. The limited-edition magnum is now available in the U.S. at fine wine retailers for approximately $2,000.
“The 200th anniversary of Champagne Billecart-Salmon is an incredibly important milestone for our family, as we not only remain fiercely independent, but we also aim to achieve excellence in everything we produce,” said Mathieu Roland-Billecart, Champagne Billecart-Salmon COO and 7th generation family member. “The Bicentenary Cuvée was one of the most ambitious cuvées we’ve crafted. We not only wanted to capture the essence and finesse of Billecart-Salmon, but also the structure needed to age exceptionally well. The result is a wine with the Billecart-Salmon signature finesse and elegance that we believe will age gracefully over time.”
In addition to crafting a one-of-a-kind blend to mark the occasion, Champagne Billecart-Salmon has also inaugurated a new cellar at the House this year. With 24 majestic 2,000-gallon oak casks (known as ‘foudres’), the new cellar will ensure Champagne Billecart-Salmon can continue to make wines with balance, finesse and elegance for generations to come.
“At Billecart-Salmon, for generations we have given priority to quality and strive for excellence, always,” continued Roland-Billecart. “There is no place better to see these principles exhibited than in our Founders’ Cuvées. Our new chai is part and parcel of securing Billecart-Salmon’s prominence for generations to come.”
Independent since its creation, Maison Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ by Elisabeth Salmon and Nicolas François Billecart. Today, the seventh generation of the family continues to pursue a perpetual quest for quality. In constant pursuit of excellence and perfection, the House shapes its greatest champagnes by mixing ancestral traditions with the most modern techniques. Under the watchful eye of the most talented cellarmasters, the champagnes are aged in the chalk cellars dating from the XVIIth and XIXth century. Elegant and harmonious, these champagnes gracefully celebrate every precious moment.