Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois
Fermented and aged briefly in wood, this is dry, intense and toasty while still giving space for white fruits and some citrus. Richly endowed, spicy, and tangy, its structure and tight texture mark it out as a Champagne for long-term aging. The aftertaste is brisk, packed with acidity and with reminiscences of the oak-aging in the vanilla finish. Drink this bottling from 2018.
A rich and toasty version, with a creamy mousse supporting flavors of grilled brioche, apricot preserves, lemon parfait, slivered almond and crème de cassis. Finely knit and mouthwatering, with fleur de sel and smoke notes on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2020.