Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to cut down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” Before anything else, being prepared is the key to success, and with the immense pressure and expectation that Valentine’s Day can bring, isn’t it better to be prepared than off the cuff? Candy, cards, and flowers have earned their rightful place, but a bottle of bubbles will surely win the hearts of those who choose to tipple on Love’s grand holiday, especially one as opulently upscale as Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé.
The legendary champagne house Billecart-Salmon was founded by Nicholas Billecart and his wife, Elisabeth Salmon, in 1818, in the small French village of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. To this day, their production methods remain veiled in secrecy, and seven generations later, Billecart-Samon is still family-owned and operated. Best known for its non-vintage Brut Rosé, this champagne is one of the best examples in its category.
Composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier, it achieves its trademark color and rosé flavor from the red wine, the secret ingredient that makes this 12% ABV sparkler so unique. Sourced from neighboring plots grown for nearly a century and harvested at peak ripeness, the Pinot Noir fruit is de-stemmed and cold-macerated before fermentation. The finished product is elegant, restrained, delicate, pleasantly dry, and one of the most easily drinkable champagnes made today. And, despite its easygoing nature, it exhibits a surprising complexity, its pleasure elevated by diminutive bubbles and a signature pinpoint mousse.
On the nose, sliced strawberries, orange peel, hints of cream, and pastry crust shine through. With a medium body, tight and integrated tannins lead to a long and flavorful finish. The balanced acidity also makes this the perfect companion for oysters, charcuterie, grilled salmon, and a whole host of desserts, including raspberry tart and chocolate mousse. Elegant, indulgent, and amorous! What more could one ask for on Valentine’s Day?