We like bank holidays…we like champagne. Now, for the first time (well…possibly not the first time) we bring these two agents of leisure and pleasure together into the BinTwo Bank Holiday Billecart Bonanza! OK so it’s not the classiest title for an event I grant you but the champagne on offer will make up for my clumsy alliteration.
Over the August bank holiday weekend we’ll be opening our full range of champagnes from Billecart-Salmon. BinTwo regulars will already be familiar with the Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve and Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé that we serve on our terrace menu. Luscious, sophisticated little numbers they are too and judging by the quantities that we sell you seem to agree!
If you’ve ever looked longingly at the more expensive offerings from Billecart-Salmon that grace our shelves then now’s your chance to try them by the glass. We’re not holding back either…we’ll be popping the corks on the Blanc de Blanc, Brut 2000, Sous Bois and Demi Sec alongside our regular offering of the Brut Reserve and Brut Rosé. To maximise your sense of bourgeois self-indulgence we’ll also be serving our Maine style lobster rolls (because as long as you’ve decided to be decadent why hold back?).
So what’s all the fuss about this Billecart? Thank you…I’m glad you asked. Billecart-Salmon is a medium-sized champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Ay, France. Founded in 1818 with the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, it is one of the few champagne houses to remain family owned. It is also, without doubt, one of the finest yet lesser known Grande Marque Champagnes, meaning that when we drink it for the first time we all get that warm glowing feeling that we’ve made a bit of a discovery!
Made with mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Billecart-Salmon champagnes tend to be lively, elegantly textured and fresh with a very long finish. Production methods remain largely unchanged and have been passed down through seven generations so we’re looking at champagne with genuine depth of heritage here – if you need convincing then the Cuvee Nicolas-Francois Billecart 1959 won first place in the Champagne of the Millennium 1999. No mean feat when the competition comprised 150 of the finest 20th century champagnes. A magnum of the winning champagne later sold for £3,300!
As I say…it really deserves more respect than to be sold under the banner of Bank Holiday Billecart Bonanza but there you go!