Birth of the Myth
Discover the history and birth of the Clos Saint-Hilaire due to Francois Roland-Billecart’s initiative. In the 1950s my grandmother set aside this park-like space with vines, flowers and fruit trees, next to our house in Mareuil-sur-Ay, for our enjoyment. Realising this outstanding terroir’s potential, my family planted the first Pinot Noir vines here in 1964. At first the harvest was used for producing red wine intended for Brut Rose.Then we tried using the Pinot Noir to make white wine in small Burgundy barrels: an outstanding champagne was about to be born. This exceptional terroir’s clay-limestone soil (tufa) is famous for being highly porous.We choose low yields to extract all the richness the terroir has to offer and increase the concentration of the grape’s flavours and sugars. After several years of painstakingly tending the vines, the 1995 harvest, the first year of this unique cuvee, was remarkable.
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BILLECART-SALMON Clos Saint-Hilaire 1998
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- Colour: Sparkling rays of pink gold.
- Nose: Candied fruits, honey, melted butter and truffles.
- Palate: A powerful tactile dimension in a noble and distinguished manner. Its persisting ending draws a close with notes of spices and praline.
- Finish: A personality of Pinot Noir.
- Food Pairing: Foie gras, shellfish or truffle dishes.
- Serving: No cooler than 12C and drink it at 15C.