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Billecart-Salmon, Mareuil-sur-Ay

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Billecart-Salmon is a medium-sized champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, France. Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, it is one of the few to remain family owned.

The Cuvée Nicolas-Francois Billecart 1959 won first place in the Champagne of the Millennium 1999, out of 150 of the finest 20th century Champagnes. A magnum of the winning champagne later sold for £3,300.
Billecart-Salmon was ranked tenth among major Champagne houses by Antoine Gerbelle writing for La Revue du vin de France. La Revue du vin de France's Guide Vert awards Billecart-Salmon two stars out of three. Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve are aged in the cellars for 36 months before release.

Billecart-Salmon champagnes have been reviewed favourably by wine writer Jancis Robinson.
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  • Billecart-Salmon is very unusual amongst the prestige brands in that it is still family owned - and very much still a family business. They have limited production - only a tenth of some of the big...  more »
  • Of the half-dozen Champagne cellars we toured, each of which was a different and gratifying experience, Billecart was the most entertaining. Book a private tasting at Dom Perignon, go with the large.....  more »
  • We visited recently with brother and my family and it’s obvious that this house is a real “cut above the rest” obsessed by excellent quality and process an amazing experience. Jerome our guide was a real professional, informative, passionate and extremely knowledgeable. I would only recommend this wine house for a visit in Champagne.
  • Amazing place! Amazing Champagne! WOW!! You know there has been very few places that get to a large scale production but still keep that small business feel of the human touch, which some of the other places have lost. Writing a review now though I've visited the house in June of last year. The house runs tours once or twice a day for a small group of people with a tasting of 5 or 6 of their champagnes from the most basic Extra Brut to the most exclusive Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. The house grounds are kept in pristine condition and have some the best plots on which the grapes are grown right next to the founder's house. The house from what we were told is still occupied, which is wonderful to see that the owners are still involved in some little way with their ancestor's creation. The cellars are amazing and are a must to visit. And champagne!!... Oh the champagne....

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