The finest sparkling rose of the year

2007 Billecart-Salmon Everything about this wine is mesmerising, says Matthew Jukes.

928_MW_P38_Wine

2007 Billecart-Salmon, Cuve Elisabeth Salmon Brut Ros, Champagne, France£140.00, Berry Bros & Rudd tel. 0800 2802440 & www.bbr.com.

I am thrilled to announce that the new vintage of Elisabeth Salmon Ros has, just this second, arrived in the country.

With ten years spent on its lees in the Billecart cellars in Mareuil-sur-A, this wine matures with metronomic grace and after an unruffled decade of levage it looks nothing short of ravishing today. Everything about this release is mesmerising.

The colour is incredibly pale and it glows, coral-hued, in the glass. The bubbles are so fine and prickly it is amazing. I went back to this bottle an hour after I opened it and the mousse was as persistent and lively as it was when I popped the cork.

The nose is calm, controlled and measured, offering up demure, wild strawberry and rose notes which charm the senses.

The palate continues these themes with a lightness of touch but length of flavour that is completely baffling. Is this the finest sparkling ros of the year? Yes there is nothing like 2007 Elisabeth Salmon and we have had to wait until the 29 December to find her!

I have no doubt that other stockists will pop up in the New Year, but for the most glorious sparkling wine for your New Year's celebrations make your way to Berry Bros & Rudd, 63 Pall Mall, London.

Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition's Communicator of the Year (MatthewJukes.com).

Recommended

The top festive tipples
Wine

The top festive tipples

MoneyWeek wine columnist Matthew Jukes rounds up the best wines for your Christmas meals.
13 Dec 2019
Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley
Wine

Wine of the week: an opinionated shiraz from the Clare Valley

This inky and powerful Australian red comes with one of the most affordable price tags for a wine of this build-quality. 
23 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif
Wine

Wine of the week: a mind-blowingly exciting aperitif

This riesling is a bargain and a beauty. And at a sniff under 20 quid, it is positively irresistible.
16 Oct 2020
Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches
Wine

Wine of the week: one of the greatest grenaches

This very serious Australian red tastes like nothing else made from Grenache, says Matthew Jukes.
2 Oct 2020

Most Popular

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts
Bank accounts

Negative interest rates and the end of free bank accounts

Negative interest rates are likely to mean the introduction of fees for current accounts and other banking products. But that might make the UK bankin…
19 Oct 2020
UK post-Covid recovery stocks: these 20 companies could be set to rocket
Share tips

UK post-Covid recovery stocks: these 20 companies could be set to rocket

Finding stocks with the potential to rise tenfold or even further is far easier said than done. But the pandemic has produced the most promising backd…
22 Oct 2020
Why commodities could be the best investment for 2021
Commodities

Why commodities could be the best investment for 2021

There’s plenty for investors to worry about right now. But things will inevitably recover. And the sector most likely to do best when they do, says Jo…
22 Oct 2020