14 Apr Please The Palate Pick of the Week: Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé
While I think Champagne should be enjoyed every day, many think that Champagne is only for celebrations. So, here is a reason to celebrate! It is the 200th anniversary of Champagne Billecart-Salmon so why not toast with a glass of the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, the Please The Palate pick of the week.
Founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and his wife Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated house in Champagne. It is currently managed by the family’s seventh generation, brothers François and Antoine Roland-Billecart.
When I first started learning about wine more than 10 years ago, I recall trying the Billecart-Salmon Rosé. It left a lasting impression on me. It is an elegant and sophisticated wine that has somewhat of a cult following among many sommeliers. It is the wine that made me fall in love with Rosé Champagne.
Billecart-Salmon Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir which is vinified as a red wine. The wine is a vibrant pale pink color with hints of gold. On the nose, it has delicate notes of red fruit and citrus. On the palate, it is elegant with a touch of raspberry and is fresh, elegant and bright.
Billecart-Salmon Rosé sets the bar for Rosé Champagne and that is why it is the Please The Palate pick of the week.