A new vintage cuvée has been released by Champagne Billecart-Salmon. Extra Brut 2007 is a blend of 75% Pinot Noir, sourced from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and the Montagne de Reims, and 25% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay (from Avize, Cramant, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Chouilly and Vertus). It has a dosage of 4g/l.
The 2007 vintage was mixed, beginning with unusually high temperatures in April and early, but uneven, flowering. A cold, wet summer led to patchy ripening – with high humidity making rot a threat – though sunshine in late August meant that many houses harvested earlier than usual.
Based in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Billecart-Salmon was established in 1818 and remains family-owned under sixth generation François and Antoine Roland-Billecart, with François Domi as chief winemaker. The maison controls 100 hectares (ha) of vineyards and works with growers across a further 120ha in 40 different crus.