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Vintage Billecart-Salmon Champagne Series

Vintage Billecart ‘Wines of Distinction’ Series: Mount Maunganui Tasting

August 01, 2025

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.

Indulge in an exclusive tasting which will offer you a sensory thrill through the cellars of one of the top-rated Champagne Houses.

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Tasting Journey:

On Arrival:

  • NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé (RRP $160)

First Flight:

  • 2013 Billecart-Salmon Vintage (RRP $210)
  • 2009 Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Louis Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs (RRP $400)

Second Flight:

  • NV Billecart Les Rendez-Vous No. 3 (RRP $175)
  • 2009 Billecart Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Brut Rosé (RRP $415)

Third Flight:

  • 2005 Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire (RRP $1,190)
  • 2006 Billecart-Salmon Le Clos Saint-Hilaire (RRP $1,113)
  • 2008 Billecart Cuvée Nicolas François Brut (RRP $400)

 

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.

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Date: TBC, August 2024
Time: TBC
Location: Fife Lane
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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Date:
1 August, 2025
Time:
6:00 pm
Cost:
$295
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Venue

Fife Lane
512 Maunganui Road
Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty New Zealand
Phone
07 574 5519

Organizer

Puneet Dhall
Phone
+64 (0)21 855 744
Email
puneet@dnfinewine.com

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