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Billecart-Salmon Brut 'Sous Bois' NV Champagne

The Experience

Drink When...
Celebrating laying that tongue and groove
Listen To...
Wild Wood by Paul Weller
Think About...
About a chip of the old block
Drink With...
Foraged foods

The Oddbins Take

'Sous bois' is a French wine tasting term that refers to notes of undergrowth in a wine, i.e. flavours of forest floor, dried leaves or mushrooms. But that’s not what the guys at Billecart-Salmon are getting at here though. Here they are letting you know that this Champagne is, well, “woody”. In actual fact it was whittled from a freshly hewn pinewood log by Monsieur Geppetto, and sprang to life and started appearing in our stores. OK our wooden nose is increasing in length. This is very, very serious Champagne... Want to find out why? "Read More" below.

The Vital Statistics

AOC Champagne
Non Vintage
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
Alcohol Units

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The Style

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Distinctive, Oaked, Rich
Light Full bodied
Dry Sweet

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Billecart-Salmon Brut 'Sous Bois' NV Champagne

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Billecart-Salmon Champagne began in 1818 when Nicolas Francois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon decided to found their own Champagne House in Mareuil-sur-Ay. It is one of the few Champagne houses to remain family owned and today their founding motto, ‘give priority to quality and strive for excellence’, still stands.

Most of Billecart-Salmon's fruit comes from a small vineyard holding, though this is supplemented with grapes bought in from the Marne Valley and the Montagne de Reims. They employ meticulous production techniques, from the use of their own cultured yeast to its exceptionally long, slow and cool fermentation. The Cuvée Nicolas-Francois Billecart 1959 won the title in the Champagne of the Millennium 1999, out of 150 of the finest 20th Century champagnes, while the 1961 vintage came second. A magnum of the winning 1999 vintage later sold for £3,300. Francois Domi, the Chef de Cave, joined the House in 1985.

The Sous Bois, which literally means ‘under oak’ is unusual in having been vinified entirely in oak, as the Champenois originally used to. This method enhances the toasty, vanilla flavours and gives the Champagne a weightier texture and depth. Using all the traditional Champagne varietals – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Muenier – this cuvee unveils a radiant yellow crystalline appearance with golden reflections. It has a gentle and refreshing texture, with full palate of grilled brioche and toffee.