2002 Billecart Salmon Clos Saint Hilaire

- 750 ml
100
JS
Availability: Out of Stock
$469.00
Availability: Out of stock
Product ID
87306-750-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

From a one-hectare parcel of pinot noir, planted in 1964. This makes such a striking impression with incredible freshness and purity, married with such intensity and length. The aromas of fresh, toasted almond are striking. Fresh forest mushrooms, too. The palate has intensity that is truly bracing and delivers such power and length. Exceptional! Drink or hold.

James Suckling | 100 JS
From just over two acres of old vines in the producer's home village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, this pure Pinot Noir Champagne is magnificent. A toasty flavor is balanced by concentrated white fruits, with a touch of tannin adding texture. It's an unforgettable wine. Enjoy in the nearterm.

Wine Enthusiast | 100 WE
Sourced from the one-hectare Clos St-Hilaire, a walled vineyard, this 2002 opens with toasty aromas, spices, white fruits and roasted nuts. This voluminous Champagne has a textural richness, some finesse, and the layered expression of Pinot Noir. There's both density and freshness on the palate, and an engaging counterpoint between vinosity and tension. 2002 is the most fascinating vintage after the magnificent 1998. Dosage: 1g/l.

Decanter | 98 DEC
Entirely vinified in oak and disgorged in May 2018, after 15 years on the lees in bottle, the 2002 Millésime Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is a single-plot Blanc de Noirs from Pinot Noir vines planted in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ in 1964. Highly fine and pure on the deep, elegant and spicy nose, with intense mirabelle and apricot flavors, this is a pure, salty, very finessed yet tensioned, complex, mineral and refreshing Pinot with intense and well-concentrated fruit, a juicy texture and persistent structure. The finish is very long but pure, fresh, salty and, in any case, highly stimulating! Total production: 3,700 bottles. Tasted November 2018.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 98 RP
A firm, focused version, wrapping the steely frame of acidity in a fine, satiny mousse that carries well-meshed notes of toasted almond, dried apricot, fleur de sel and crystallized honey. Aging gracefully, this lingers on the finish, with hints of ground cumin and ginger. Drink now through 2027. 308 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 94 WS

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Availability Out of Stock
Vintage 2002
Format 750 ml
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Billecart: If you fancy yourself a fan of Champagne, then the name "Billecart-Salmon" should occupy a place near the top of your shopping list. Their dedication, talent, and a focus on early harvest regularly give birth to some of the most mouth-watering Champagne in the world. You would think that such stunning wines would command ridiculous prices, but Billecart tends to be on the accessible side - ideal if you want to start your wine journey or prepare an ace up your sleeve for an upcoming social event. The wines are often very refreshing, with a level of lift and energy that can catch you by surprise. The flavors are incredibly pure and precise, and it's very easy to lose track of time as you sample your drink.
Rating 100 JS
Region Champagne: The sharp, biting acidity, cutting through the richness; the explosive force that shatters the bubbles as they rise to the surface; the intense flavor and compelling, lively mouthfeel; these are all hallmarks of a good Champagne. Most wines are made from a combination of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, but there are pure-Chardonnay variants and ones that blend only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. As a result, most wines come with a feeling of familiarity, if not nostalgia. Each Champagne house has its own unique style, so different bottles of Champagne may not resemble each other outside of the core varietal strengths. The soil composition of the subregion is characterized by belemnite and chalk, which lets it absorb heat during the daytime and release it at night. This terroir helps create the feeling of airy, playful lightness of fine sparkling wine. These wines were originally marketed towards royalty, and you can feel a hint of that elusive blue-blood elegance and confidence while drinking one. A good Champagne carries you away like a hurricane carries small debris, and you can feel the powerful life force in each bubble even. The characteristic Champagne "pop" has become a staple at parties and celebrations around the globe - when you hear it, good times are right around the corner.
Type of Wine Champagne: Nothing like a refreshing, vivacious glass of fine Champagne during a hot summer afternoon. Typically combining Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, each Champagne house has a distinct style. Whether you want to sample a single varietal (such as the 100% Chardonnay blanc de blancs) or a tasteful blend, no region can compete with Champagne.
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Varietal Champagne Blend
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