I imagine that for most of us mere mortals, drinking champagne is still a special treat and not something we indulge in every day (unless your name is Lily Bollinger). For me, champagne is the epitome of all the enduring romantic ideas of wine drinking: the sense of occasion, of history and tradition, the pop of the cork, the bubbles, the aromas and the impossibility of drinking champagne without savouring every mouthful. Of all the champagnes, Billecart Salmon Rosé must surely be one of the most romantic. It’s as delicate in colour as it is in taste; the soft red fruit flavours, aromas and texture marry completely harmoniously and it’s my idea of pink perfection – light yet flavoursome, elegant and utterly delicious.
Elegance and finesse are some of the words that first spring to mind when thinking of Billecart Salmon champagnes. Founded in 1818 upon the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, this house has been making champagne for 7 generations. The wines are very classy indeed and there will be a bottle from their range to suit every taste and occasion. The Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve is a fantastic non-vintage champagne, light, lean, elegant and fresh. The vintage champagnes richer and more complex. The Billecart Salmon vintage extra brut is fairly new to the range and was designed to bridge the gap between the non-vintage Brut Réserve and the Cuvée François Billecart. The rare and powerful Grande Cuvée is made exclusively from grapes grown on grand cru vineyards and is aged for 10 years before being released. The demi-sec non vintage champagne is also delightful and if one felt like an afternoon of sheer decadence what could be better than a bottle of this and some fabulous French pâtisserie.