expert reviews about
Billecart-Salmon Grand Cuvee
Tyson Stelzer (1998 Vintage) says
The Champagne Guide 2011 Prestige Wine of the Year is an experience of a lifetime. It will leave you mesmerised.
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (1996 Vintage) says
Please don’t look at the price of this wine. It is very rare to actually say that money is not the object in the world of wine because we try so hard to find you great value wines, and in our humble opinion we have done just that in this very tome. But, if you will pardon a moment of enormous and self-indul- gent vinous navel-gazing, this wine is so good that it is one of the top two young Champagnes that we have ever tasted in our thirty-something years on this planet. The other wine, just so you know, is 1996 Billecart-Salmon, Le Clos Saint-Hilaire (which might as well cost a million dollars, because that’s what it tastes like and there is bugger all made, so if you see it, sell one of your kids or the car or something and get hold of some). Anyway, Grande Cuvée is only released after ten years of ageing. It is also made from the finest fruit that they have and, in our opinion, 1996 is the greatest vintage in the last twenty years. This is the wine that we served to the great and the good before our dinner to celebrate the conclusion of this year’s The Great Australian Red competition. It left our guests totally and utterly flabbergasted. It will do the same to you – this is perfect wine. I (MSJ) have only said this ten or perhaps fifteen times in twenty years in the wine business.
Taste Food & Wine Guide - 2008