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IWM’s House Champagne for Twenty Years! The Sold Out Wine Has Returned.
July 8, 2020



Restocked: The IWM Original House Champagne for Twenty Years — It’s the Historic Bubbles of Billecart-Salmon! Best Pricing on the Signature Brut Réserve, Brut Rosé, Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart, and Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé!

This past May we offered this group of Champagnes to an overwhelming response, and more than 600 bottles of our signature Champagne sold in just a few days. It makes sense: a bottle of Champagne can turn a simple dish or everyday conversation into something extraordinary. Today, we are bringing back the SOLD OUT wines of Billecart-Salmon and presenting them at some of the best pricing in the country!

Who was the first producer that Italian Wine Merchants carried outside of Italy? It was none other than the boutique Champagne house of Billecart-Salmon. Two decades ago, Billecart-Salmon’s back vintages with labels showing the signature Robert Chadderdon lined our cellars. As Sergio would say, if Italians were going to open up a bottle that came from outside their own backyards, it’s going to be Champagne — and twenty years ago, his choice was vintage Billecart. In fact, Sergio gave me the 1982 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart when I proposed to my wife. Twelve years later, she and I continue to celebrate our day with vintage Billecart-Salmon.

Today’s an exciting day for all of Italian Wine Merchants’ Champagne enthusiasts and collectors. We are proud to share the latest allocation and arrival of our number-one-selling Champagne – the Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, just in time for summer. We are sharing this prized allocation with some of the best pricing in the country for the next 48 hours only! Billecart-Salmon’s signature wine is not merely our top-selling wine in the category, but it’s also arguably the most sought-after Rosé Champagne in the country (next to the more luxury and vintage-driven Cristal Rosé). We couldn’t be happier to offer this Champagne treasure for summer enjoyment at $69.99! We are including it with the standout Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve. This is the perfect house Champagne, an elegant grand marque, delivered with rare pedigree and value for less than $43.

The historic Billecart-Salmon Champagne house was founded in 1818, and more than two hundred years later, it remains one of the few family-owned grande marque producers, though IWM prefers to say “boutique house” or “super grower.” We are now pleased to make these Billecart-Salmon selections, the house Champagnes of IWM, available for the next 48 hours with some very special pricing.

An IWM Original: The Boutique House of Billecart-Salmon (Click to Order)



One of the few family-owned grande marque producers (though we prefer “boutique house”), Billecart-Salmon is responsible for pioneering the “cold settling” process prior to fermentation that keeps the signature understated elegance, freshness, class, and longevity of their wines. Their wines hold a special place in the hearts of Champagne enthusiasts and aficionados and are surprisingly difficult to obtain — allocations remain limited to select restaurants and merchants. In fact, the former importer for the Champagne for the past two decades was known to ask wine buyers and directors what other wines they bought and carried before selling you a prized bottle from Billecart-Salmon, just to make sure you were worthy of these fine wines. Getting an allocation of “Billy Bubbles” was a badge of honor, and to this day is prized by sommeliers and merchants alike.

Additional Notes and Reviews:



NV Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut
Christopher Deas, Italian Wine Merchants: “While so many are quick to jump to the signature Rosé, let alone the jaw-dropping flagship Cuvée Elisabeth and Nicolas François, there is one stop to take before going to these great wines, and that is the Brut Réserve. Many of us are looking for a house Champagne that offers some pedigree and value and can make the simple evening meal experience extraordinary. For the IWM team and me, the historic Billecart Brut Réserve delivers these qualities. It has been the IWM house champagne for two decades for two simple reasons: balance and elegance. It is not too lean or dry, nor is it big and over the top. A blend of 40% Pinot Meunier (sourced in the Vallée de la Marne and the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay), 30% Chardonnay (from different villages along the Marne) and 30% Pinot Noir (from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne) the wine offers body and precision. Expect to find classic notes of green apples, pear, a touch of brioche and toast, citrus and minerality. This is an approachable and age-worthy Grand Marque built on elegance. A true value and crowd-pleaser at under $43.”



NV Billecart-Salmon Rosé Champagne Brut
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: “Pale yet intense pink in color the Billecart-Salmon NV Brut Rosé is pure, fresh and intense on the nose, with lovely raspberry aromas, refreshing citrus zest flavors and great definition. On the palate this is a pure, light and vinous rosé with great finesse and a long, well-structured and even juicy finish. This iconic rosé blends 40% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Meunier from the Vallée de la Marne and the southern slopes of Epernay and 30% Pinot Noir (with a small part added as red wine) from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Fabulous.”

2008 Billecart-Salmon Vintage Extra Brut
Decanter Magazine: “A blend of 65% Pinot Noir consisting of Premier and Grand Crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Vallée de la Marne and 35% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Significantly, this has nine years ageing on its lees (longer than some Prestige Cuvées), the 2008 was first released onto the global market back in March 2019. With an Extra Brut dosage of 4g/l, this is a highly expressive, confident and convincing interpretation of the vintage. Right now, it is youthfully sharp and focused with fine salinity, depth, acidity and balance, and as such is already extremely approachable. The flavour spectrum encompasses toast, oyster shell, citrus, cream and a flinty, mineral depth. There’s supreme balance and elegance here, combined with a hidden underlying power that will continue to emerge and broaden with time. The finish is dry and long.”

2006 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Created in 1964 as a tribute to the house’s founder, the youngest release is the 2006 Millésime Brut Cuvée Nicolas François, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir from premier and grand crus from the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne and 40% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs. Almost entirely fermented in stainless steel (only 5% was vinified in oak barrels) and aged for 11 years on the lees, this is a beautifully ripe and rich yet pure champagne with ripe fruit flavors intermixed with chalky notes and brioche/nougat flavors. The palate is intense and concentrated in its rich fruit and substantial depth but also tight, highly elegant and perfectly balanced. The typical finesse of Billecart-Salmon is palatable as well as amazingly pure, with the persistent structure of a great Champagne. The 2006 already drinks dangerously well, but there is no need to hurry, this will go a long way.”

2007 Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rose
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: “Aromas of red berries, orange rind, dried flowers, warm brioche and spices introduce the 2007 Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth, one of the highlights of this tasting chez Billecart. It's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with an enveloping attack and a bright underlying spice of acidity, revealing plenty of chalky dry extract and concentration, concluding with a long and precise finish. Despite the style of the vintage and the fact that malolactic fermentation was largely blocked, this is quite a textural, powerful wine.”

This is an email ONLY offer! If you would like to take advantage of this offer, we are asking that you email orders back to me at chris.deas@italianwinemerchants.com, connect with your portfolio manager, or mention receipt of this offer if calling the store. All orders are subject to confirmation.

All my best,
Chris