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Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Charles Le Bel ‘Inspiration 1818’ Brut N/V

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$60.00 USD
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Region: Champagne, France

Varietal: Chardonnay 37%, Pinot Meunier 30%, Pinot Noir 33% (Reserve wine 70%)

Tasting notes: Champagne Charles Le Bel “1818” Brut is the second label of the historic champagne house, Billecart-Salmon.  Sparkling and crystalline with fine and plentiful bubbles. A blooming nose with harmonious notes of butter, white flesh fruits as well as Mirabelle plums and dried fruits. A well balanced mouth, structured thanks to the greatness of the Pinots Noirs, with flavours of white flesh fruits. The Chardonnays bring to this wine a refreshing finish with notes of citrus fruits and pepper.

Producer: The oldest continuously family-owned House, Billecart-Salmon was founded in 1818 by the marriage of Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. For over two hundred years, the House has developed a renowned expertise in crafting fine, elegant and balanced Champagnes. From the beginning, their heirs have never stopped aiming for excellence in winemaking. Today led by seventh generation Mathieu Roland-Billecart, each family member has endeavored to pursue the family tradition and stay faithful to the same motto: "give priority to quality, strive for excellence.”

Vineyard and Winemaking: Billecart-Salmon rigorously cultivates an estate of 100 hectares, sourcing grapes from an area totaling 300 hectares across 40 crus of the Champagne region. Every year, Billecart-Salmon vinifies base wines from a greater number of parcels than it usually needs for the production if its main cuvées. The tasting Committee tastes each of these base wines and selects only the ones that match the standard and the style of Billecart-Salmon. Some of the wines that are not selected are bottled to be part of a second wine from the House, Inspiration 1818.