1996, Billecart Salmon, Nicolas Francois

Champagne, France
White

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 94+

Drinking Dates: 2005-2015

Critic: Robert Parker

Tasted: 26-Dec-2005

The 2002 Brut Cuvée Nicolas François was disgorged in January 2015 with four grams per liter dosage, and it's showing superbly, wafting from the glass with a complex bouquet that mingles confit citrus, peach and dried papaya with nuances of iodine, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a rich and layered core that's underpinned by serious structure and tension, concluding with a long and precise finish. This is one of the finest wines Billecart has released in the last decade, and it is well worth seeking out.