You have to really pull out all the stops for a 200th birthday, and Billecart-Salmon is doing just that this year. As part of ongoing celebrations in 2018, the champagne house has unveiled the very limited, magnum-only Bicentenary Cuvée, as well as a new cellar to house some of its best wines.
The new collector’s cuvée spans four vintages and combines champagnes – mostly Pinot Noir – from eight grand crus from both Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs. Only 1818 magnums have been released worldwide, as a nod to the year the house was founded.
‘The Bicentenary Cuvée is one of the hardest cuvées we’ve had to create as we are capturing not only the essence and finesse of Billecart-Salmon, but also with the structure specifically designed to age exceptionally well, befitting such a Champagne,’ explained Mathieu Roland-Billecart, COO and 7th generation member of the family.
It joins other top wines in Billecart-Salmon’s line up such as the Founders’ Cuvées, namely Cuvée Nicolas François, the rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon and blanc de blancs Cuvée Louis, as well as the prestige cuvée Clos Saint-Hilaire. The components for these expressions will now be housed in the new cellar, which contains two dozen 80hl foudres.
Celebrations like this don’t come cheap – magnums of the new Bicentenary Cuvée are going for about £1,400. The majority of the 1818 bottles have already been sold to independent merchants and collectors.