If you are looking for a special champagne to crack open this Easter, it has to be Billecart- Salmon’s latest cuvée, Brut Sous Bois (£65).
Using the three traditional grape varieties, chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, the champagne house, in blending this unique golden-yellow liquid, has recreated the original method that was used to produce champagnes. Being entirely vinified and matured in oak gives the wine superb body and structure. Sous Bois literally means “under wood”.
This is a lively fizz that is rich and powerful, yet has extraordinary finesse. It is well-balanced and has a delicious creamy texture that is bursting with fruity flavours tinged with brioche and toffee that linger long on the palate. It works well with seafood and poultry.
Another winner from Billecart-Salmon but, to be honest, I wouldn’t have expected anything less from a house that is renowned for its sophisticated and elegant champagnes.
By Daralyn Danns