Part of the Billecart-Salmon Millesime collection, the Cuvee Louis is a tribute to Elizabeth Salmons' brother, who was instrumental in the early days of the House. Sourced from Billecart's best Grand Cru Chardonnay parcels in the Cote des Blancs, specifically in Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger, and Cramant, the Cuvee Louis is an exercise in mineral purity. 2008 is a historic vintage for Champagne and is the basis for one of the best versions of this Cuvee of all time and released after aging over ten years on the lees in 2020. The Cuvee Louis sees a partial malolactic fermentation with 50% vinified in oak barrels. Incredibly elegant and mineral-driven, this has an excellent freshness of thoroughbred fruit thanks to the partial malo but with extraordinary depth and complexity from seeing a bit of oak as well as its long aging on the lees. It combines absolute power with riveting elegance, showing a creamy yet tactile mouthfeel with the complexity of spices, herbs, flowers, fruit, and chalky minerals. It is not one to pass up from Billecart, and we have a very limited amount available.
Decanter (Pannel Tasting) 98 points "A ripe and intense style, showing energy and vibrancy. Flinty, slightly earthy aromas that are more suggestive of long ageing in bottle. Sublime balance between salivating acidity, coy sweetness and richness. A reference for delicacy and refinement. Nominated by Charlotte Hale (Drink between 2023-2050)"
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 96 points! "Disgorged in October 2020 with seven grams per liter dosage, the 2008 Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Louis Salmon is showing beautifully, unfurling in the glass with scents of crisp yellow apple and stone fruits mingled with dried white flowers, freshly baked bread, buttery pasty and mandarin oil. Full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's a textural, racy, penetrating wine endowed with considerable cut and concentration. It's derived from the villages of Cramant, Mesnil-sur-Oger and Chouilly, with the latter accounting for some 40% of the blend."
Antonio Galloni 95 points! "The 2008 Brut Blancs de Blancs Louis Salmon is fabulous. It offers a compelling mix of 2008 energy and the complexity that develops with time in the bottle. Orchard fruit, spice, dried flowers, chamomile and tangerine peel all grace this exquisite, nuanced Champagne. Readers can expect a rich, broad Champagne endowed with notable textural intensity. Hints of marzipan, lemon confit and white flowers linger. Disgorged: October 2020."