Billecart-Salmon Q: NV Rosé vs Elisabeth Salmon 2000

What is the Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé 2000 like compared to the regular B-C NV Rosé? Is it essentially an extension of the style or is it more of a unique style?

We are going to Blue Hill in a few days for my wife’s B-day. On the list is her favorite “regular” Champagne is the B-S NV rosé. Also on the list is the 2000 Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon Rosé . The price difference is obvious, but I am more concerned that if the style is radically different, she will enjoy the ES less than the NV, especially in the context of a meal.




Big style difference especially with the 2000. The 2000 needs time or a lot of air (as in it didn’t open up until day 2 for me). I wouldn’t order this with dinner as I don’t think it will show its best unless you are having a multi-day meal. The NV is better for drinking now and is fresh and fruity without being complex. The general Elisabeth style is delicate and slowly builds fruit and complexity over time, but the 2000 is very tight right now.

To me, the 2000 is the better wine and I really, really adore it once it opens up, but I would choose the NV for drinking today with a meal.

Thanks, Brad. Exactly the info I was looking for.