The 2009 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut is a captivating Champagne blend that embodies elegance and finesse. With a beautiful white color, this wine is a true delight for the senses. The nose is immediately greeted by inviting aromas of crisp stone fruit, yellow apple, brioche, honeycomb, and warm pastry. These enticing scents create an irresistible allure that draws you into the glass.
On the palate, the 2009 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut is medium to full-bodied, offering a fleshy and enveloping texture that caresses the taste buds. The pillowy mousse adds a luxurious touch, while the generous core of fruit is balanced by bright acids. This wine is seamless and complete, showcasing a charm and persistence that is truly remarkable.
Renowned wine critic Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded this vintage an impressive score of 94 points. They noted that the 2009 Extra Brut Vintage is more giving and demonstrative compared to its 2008 counterpart. The low dosage of two grams per liter enhances the wine's richness without making it heavy. Antonio Galloni of Vinous also praised this vintage, describing it as resonant and generous, with all the natural generosity of the year.
The 2009 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut is a pan-regional blend that incorporates a majority of red grapes, including 40 percent Pinot Noir and 27 percent Meunier. Vinified in stainless steel, this wine maintains its freshness despite aging on the lees for an extended period. Wine & Spirits magazine commended its brisk, cool flavors of lime zest, star fruit, and pear, which are accompanied by a lasting fruit complexity.
As a balanced version, this Champagne offers savory mineral character upfront, with accents of brine, chalk, and smoke. Subtle notes of baked plum, preserved lemon, and beeswax emerge through the creamy midpalate and firm finish. Wine Spectator awarded this vintage a score of 91, highlighting its harmonious nature.
The 2009 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut is truly a testament to the artistry and dedication of the Billecart-Salmon winery. With its exceptional quality and remarkable balance, this Champagne blend is a must-try for wine enthusiasts seeking a truly memorable experience.