2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François

Posted by Ian McFadden

It's been nearly a decade since we've offered Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart.

The 2002 Nicolas François Billecart is simply too compelling to ignore. 

First produced in 1955 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the estate, the wine has an impressive track record. Sit down with any Champagne fanatic and they'll wax poetic when mention is made of the 59 and 61 Nicolas François - even today these wines are supposed to be in top form.

photo of vineyard under clear blue skies

A blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay, the Nicolas François is not shy. There's an obvious intensity to the wine and an undeniable palate presence. Yet, it pulls off this intensity with shocking detail, freshness, and fine-ness. There is a superb sense of balance and a spine of bright acidity that is this wine's calling card.

The 2002 Nicolas François Billecart is an utterly brilliant example of the wine. It's a wine of shocking grandeur, incredible architecture, and amazing elegance.

When Nicolas François Billecart is on, few Champagnes can compete in terms of harmony and class. The 2002 dramatizes the heights that the wine can reach. 

To order, email offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2002 Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart is outrageously beautiful. The ripeness of the Chardonnay is front and center in a Champagne that delivers the goods, big-time. An infusion of apricot, orange peel, crème brûlée, chamomile, hazelnut and honey give the 2002 its racy, exotic personality. I enjoy it most with bottle age, but the 2002 is undeniably beautiful right now. The 2002 is a stunning NFB. The blend is 60% Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs, done partially in oak (20%). Dosage is 4 grams per liter."