Evident in this bottle, 1996 was a glorious year for Champagne. The long dry summer allowed for the grapes to ripen perfectly and achieve the high levels of acidity necessary for lengthy aging.
This Champagne is fresh and crisp with notes of lime and apple with toasted brioche, and should be drunk fairly soon.
This truly remarkable Champagne house was founded in 1818 with the marriage of renowned and decorated winemarker Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. With a devotion to quality and excellence, this family has consistantly produced a wide range of supreme Champagnes without ever losing independant control over the estate. Now, the sixth generation in Antoine and Francois Roland-Billecart, working with expert winemakers, sustain the family passion for creating exceptional wines.
The 1959 vintage of the Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart was named 'Champagne of the Millennium' in 1999 during a blind tasting of 150 vintages of the most distinguished Champagne producers. Second place was also handed to the 1961 vintage.
Intense aromas of toasted brioche, apple crumble and apricots with cream plus a drizzle of honey. The palate provides superb concentration of pure apple and stone fruit flavours complimented by a little nuttiness. Very dry and crisp. Long finish adding some chalky / minerality. Still very youthful.
The exquisite, well-made 1996 vintage Champagne is a backward, long-term proposition that remains 1-2 years away from its apogee. The medium-bodied 1996 Cuvee Nicolas Francois Billecart possesses tart, crisp, lemon-like notes along with wet rock, pear, honeysuckle, and green apple characteristics. It should last for a decade or more.
Mature, with great energy. Malty, fresh mushroom aromas, then generous red apple fruit on the palate. A surprising hint of passion fruit. Persistent elegant bubbles, satisfying texture. Very pretty, no signs of oxidation.
Fabulous nose combines lemon, orange zest, quinine and steely minerality with suggestions of toffee and brown spices. Wonderfully precise and vivid on the palate, delivering an impression of outstanding concentration and grip with a light touch. Extremely fine-grained Champagne with strong but integrated acidity. As young as this is, it's harmonious from the outset. The building finish is pristine, chewy and extremely long.
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