All about timeless elegance - 2002 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon Rose

Posted by Ian McFadden

"All about timeless elegance"
-Antonio Galloni
2002 Billecart-Salmon
Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé

Billecart's rosé NV may be the most beloved rosé Champagne in the world.

Their prestige rosé, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon, takes things to a whole other level.

This is especially the case in the epic 2002 Champagne vintage.

When everything settles, the 02 Elisabeth Salmon Rosé will assume a place next to the 96 as one of the greatest examples of this wine ever.

Elisabeth Salmon Rosé is very difficult to find in quantity. Recently, we were lucky enough to secure a decently sized parcel.

Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé may very well be the most regally elegant rosé available. There's a diamond-like purity and detail to it.

We're big fans of Billecart's, we've offered them a bunch in the past. For us and many Champagne fanatics, Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé represents the ultimate expression of Billecart's style.

Antonio Galloni is spot on when he writes that Billecart is "all about timeless elegance." We should elaborate by emphasizing just how beautifully balanced and finessed Billecart's wines are.

What makes Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon stand out among the range is the level of fine-ness and precision married to depth and length. The pale color clues you in to the wine's delicacy. The palate is very nimble, displaying an ultra-refined texture with layers of citrus, bright red fruits, flowers and minerals. Elisabeth Salmon is a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 8-10% still red wine blended.

The 2002 vintage is one of the greatest vintages of the past decade, right there next to 96. One of the clearest indicators of the greatness of 2002 is the way it combines ripeness and concentration with harmony, precision and elegance. 2002 produced wines of balanced power.

Even more so than usual, 2002 endowed Billecart’s hallmark harmony and precision with an intensity and complexity that’s just incredible.

If you've never had Elisabeth Salmon Rosé, 02 is the vintage to try. If you know it, this is a vintage to go deep on. This is just a beautiful example of one of Champagne's great, aristocratic rosés.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

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