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Vintage Billecart ‘Wines of Distinction’ Series: Christchurch Tasting

July 31, 2024

As part of our Vintage Billecart ‘Wines of Distinction’ Series, join us for a once in a lifetime lineup tasting experience of our rarest vintage Champagnes from Maison Billecart-Salmon, including their icon Rosé on arrival.

Prepare for an afternoon of culinary and vinous wonders as we present a phenomenal selection of vintage champagnes, including more recent vintages of the revered “Champagne of the Millennium” and their top cuvée, Le Clos Saint Hilaire.

Join us at The Athens Yacht Club’s Captains Room and indulge in this exclusive tasting, where each flight of wine will be paired with delicious Greek/Mediterranean canapes, that will thrill your senses.

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Maison Billecart-Salmon

Situated in the Champagne heartland of Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, near Epernay, Billecart-Salmon has been under family ownership and management since its founding in 1818. It is a family-run winery with a majority share owned by the Billecart family and a minority holding is held by the Frey group, itself a family-owned business – they are owners of Château La Lagune in Bordeaux, Paul Jaboulet Ainé in the Rhône, and Château Corton C in Burgundy.

The Billecart family still lives on site and there remains a strong sense of long-visioned family continuity at play. Today there’s the seventh generation Mathieu Roland-Billecart overseeing everyday business as CEO, working closely with Antoine and François.

Champagne of the Millennium

On 12 June 1999, a jury of international experts came together to judge which champagne would be awarded the grand title of “Champagne of the Millennium” following a blind tasting.

Among the 150 champagnes in competition were the two Billecart-Salmon vintages, the Nicolas François Brut 1959 and the Nicolas François Brut 1961. When the results were announced, these two vintages took both first and second place

In his book The Great Tasting, Richard Juhlin wrote of the winner: “The perfect champagne, 1959 Billecart-Salmon, had everything one would expect of a luxury champagne, but in a seldom seen concentration and simultaneously with harmonious balance. A totally perfect champagne in its category, with a smoky, honey-smooth extremely long taste of walnut, orange blossom and chocolate. All who ever get to drink this fabulous wine just have to love the pleasure it grants. When you study the end results it is striking to see how obvious the victory was.”

It was awarded a final mark of 98.5 out of 100.

You can read more about Billecart-Salmon here & about Vintage Billecart-Salmon here.

Athens Yacht Club

The Captains Room at the rear of this Greek restaurant is the perfect spot. It is almost a private dining room, but not completely closed off from the rest of the restaurant so you can still feel part of the vibe.

Date: Wednesday, 31st July, 2024
Time: 06:30pm
Location: The Athens Yacht Club
Cost: $295 per person (incl. GST) subject to change

Tickets to the series tasting are strictly limited. Book today to reserve your place today to embark on this exclusive journey through the finest Billecart-Salmon vintage Champagnes.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please contact us at puneet@dnfinewine.com or 09 357 0493.

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Wednesday, 31 July
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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The Athens Yacht Club
179 Victoria Street
Christchurch, Canterbury 8014 New Zealand
03 365 0435
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