94 points - limited
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is one of Champagne's finest rosés when it's available! Elegant and focused with a fine bead, light salmon color, creamy texture and lingering finish.
94 points James Suckling: "An subtle nose with plenty of fine autolysis aromas of fresh bread and sweetly fragrant yeasty notes, plus some gentle spice and chalky notes. The palate unleashes beautiful wild strawberry fruit flavors, super fresh, fleshy and pure. Great balance and depth."
93 points Wine Spectator: "The Billecart-Salmon is a lovely rosé in an almost vinous style, with mouthwatering acidity and a fine, lacy mousse carrying appealing flavors of ripe raspberry, white cherry fruit, star anise, mandarin orange peel and honeysuckle. Lightly chalky on the lasting finish. Enjoy with food. Drink now through 2020."
Billecart-Salmon was one of the very first Houses in 1954 to believe in a Rosé style in Champagne. Made with between 30-40% reserve wines. The dosage is 7-8 grams. This cuvée unveils a subtle aroma leading to an elegant, delicate bouquet of fine notes of red fruits and citrus fruit zest. On the palate, its special method of vinification gives a light, elegant flavor, followed by a fresh finish with a taste of raspberry." More at Champagne Billecart-Salmon
One of the best Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs we've discovered.
The Altamura 2016 Sauvignon Blanc comes from the winery's 4-acre 18-year-old dry-farmed vineyard which sits at an altitude of 850 feet. The wine is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months resulting in a wine of great depth and complexity, displaying the flavor and textural profile more like a white Bordeaux than a California Sauvignon Blanc. Very limited production of 500 cases.