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Billecart Salmon Clos St Hilaire 1998 (750ML) FR Flag In Stock - Limited Qty
Billecart Salmon Clos St Hilaire 1998 (750ML)
95 WA
"The 1998 Brut Le Clos Saint-Hilaire emerges from the glass with an exotic array of intensely perfumed, candied fruit. The wine possesses gorgeous textural richness in a deep, layered expression of Pinot Noir. The mousse remains refined and very elegant all the way through to the deeply satisfying, resonating finish. This is bottle: 001493 out of 6,750. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2023. Le Clos Saint-Hilaire is a 100% Pinot Noir Champagne made from a small, one hectare plot located on the property in Mareuil-sur-Ay. The wine is fermented in oak and bottled with no dosage. In only its third release, Le Clos Saint-Hilaire has already established itself as one of the region’s most fascinating wines...95" WA 12/09 "Billecart's single-vineyard blanc de noirs is vinified entirely in barrel, and released without dosage. The 1998 has been on the market for nearly three years now, and compared to bottles tasted at its initial release, the wine seems to have put on additional weight. Whether this is due to increased lees aging (as in the case of this bottle, which was disgorged in February of 2011) or simply to the evolution of the wine, it is difficult to say, but it is likely a combination of both. Today, it shows more overt concentration than it did previously, marked by a sappy, pinot-driven richness and densely-knit flavors of dried cherry, exotic citrus and clover honey. It feels golden and ornate, although it's kept vivid and taut by its lack of malolactic, and it certainly demonstrates the finesse and stylishness expected of a Billecart champagne. It seems to have room to grow, and it will be intriguing to see how it evolves with post-disgorgement aging...2 1/2 stars of 3" Peter Liem Champagneguide.net 01/12
Product #: 365831

Bottle Price: $385.00Sale Bottle: $346.50
Case Price: $4,620.00Sale Case: $4,158.00

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