CHAMPAGNE BILLECART-SALMON CLOS SAINT HILAIRE BRUT 2003
Rare and complex
This Blanc de Noirs cuvée is vinified in oak casks, allowing
the richness of the terroir and the purity of the wine to express
itself. For this vintage, there is a limited release of between
1,000 individually numbered bottles, reserved for those very
A Legend is Born
"In the 1950s my grandmother set aside this park-like space
next to our house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ with vines, flowers and
fruit trees, for our enjoyment. Realizing this outstanding
terroir's potential, my family decided to plant the first Pinot
Noir vines here in 1964. We tried using the Pinot Noir to
make white wine in small Burgundy barrels: an outstanding
champagne was about to be born. After several years of
painstakingly tending the vines, the 1995 harvest, the
first year of this unique cuvée, was remarkable. We called
it Le Clos Saint-Hilaire after the patron saint of the church
in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. No more than 3,500 to 7,500 bottles are
produced each year and each is individually numbered."
François Roland-Billecart, 6th Generation
The one-hectare Clos Saint-Hilaire meets the strictest
guidelines: a single enclosed, contiguous parcel with
complete winemaking facilities on site. The terroir's
magic combined with the wine maker's skills make
this wine exceptional.
Made only from Pinot Noir vinified in casks, it develops
an outstanding purity. Billecart-Salmon decided to add
very little liqueur, or dosage, after disgorgement in
order to let the typicality of the single grape used to
make this great wine evolve.
An indulged terroir
The Clos Saint-Hilaire is a single parcel where the
vines, soil and subsoil are carefully tended with respect
for the environment. Several years ago,
BILLECART-SALMON decided to return to ancestral
champagne-making methods in the Clos Saint-Hilaire
by using work horses.
This method of maintaining the soil and tending the
vines increases porosity and biodiversity: the roots
grow deep and the minerals they draw from the soil
foster the growth of smaller, more concentrated grapes,
revealing the terroir's typical flavor.
The distinctive character of a sunny year combined
with an early harvest has produced a very deep golden
yellow hue. A luminous radiance, with persistent,
An ample texture with the patina of oak aging and
hints of yellow fruit in syrup (Williams pear and fresh
quince) and panettone. A richness overflowing with flavors
(roasted pineapple, puffed buckwheat and precious woods).
The generosity of this wine transports the finish to rooty,
mineral realms, with an attractive saline character.
A noble, elegant expression and an extremely complex,
vinous impact on the nose (candied citrus fruit, crushed
hazelnut and almond, mild tobacco).
Develops with a resplendently honeyed expansiveness
featuring nuts and oriental spices.
This rare vintage of unique, monumental character
will consist of no more than 1000 bottles.
When served at cellar temperature (12/14°), this
microcuvée will surprise your palate when served
with a rodfished bass, shellfish and Ossetra caviar.
• Made exclusively from a unique parcel of old Pinot
Noir vines from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
• Dosage: 3.5 g/l
• 100% vinified in oak casks
• Aging on lees: 14 years
• Available formats: Bottle
• Only 1,000 individually numbered bottles available
• Aging potential: more than 10 years