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A moment of Champagne excitement

tim irvine Dec 14, 2012 05:03 PM

For several years it has been impossible to find Billecart-Salmon rose. Found some. Yay! It truly is one of my faves. Looking forward to New Years Eve, sitting there with my bride of 37 years in our terry cloth bathrobes, watching something like Top Hat, swilling, maybe with a small jar of caviar and a spoon.

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    hetook Dec 14, 2012 05:08 PM

    I'm going to a hipster N-Y's eve with Kombucha vinaigrette dressing, Muskoka HARVEST ALE...and an old clock radio.

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      jdwdeville Dec 14, 2012 05:12 PM

      My wife and I had a bottle of Billecart's 1998 "Cuvee Elisabeth Salmon" Rose for our anniversary this year. One of the Champagne highlights of my life, along with Pierre Peters 1999 "Les Chetillons" BdB...
      If you ever see Billecart Salmon's Blanc de Blanc Grand Cru grab it up! Similar in price to the rose, and I think it's ever better.
      Enjoy the bottle(s)!

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        zin1953 Dec 14, 2012 06:56 PM

        Uh, where have you been looking? There has certainly been no shortage of Billecart-Salmon Rosé in the SF Bay Area, and lots of stores here ship alllllllllll ooooooover the country . . . .

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          Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2012 07:59 PM

          I was thinking about the same thing. Here in AZ (really a wine "wasteland" in many regards), there are usually two of their Rosés commonly available - and I am so glad that they are.

          Now, Port is much harder to find here, but that is another story.


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            tim irvine Dec 16, 2012 02:01 PM


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              zin1953 Dec 20, 2012 07:57 AM

              Well, according to their website, Spec's has it . . .

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                tim irvine Dec 22, 2012 03:45 PM

                Yep, it is available, but or several years none of the places that have it now seemed to have it. So I tried a bunch other rosé Champagnes and sparklers, sort of making lemonade from lemons. ;-)

                Of course I made room or non-rose Champs and sparklers.

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            wineglas1 Dec 16, 2012 07:59 AM

            Just do a wine searcher and you will find plenty of all of the wines mentioned. Price varies greatly.

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              Bill Hunt Dec 22, 2012 07:54 PM

              <<Price varies greatly.>>

              Online, that should be stated in very large, and a red font.

              I went looking for a NZ PG, and found prices ranging from US $ 12.00/btl. (plus case shipping, that was pretty fair), to US $329/btl., with shipping extra, bringing that price to about US $400/btl - OK, and for a PG?

              Maybe I should post that I have a bottle of Joseph Phelps Insignia '01, and it is only US $ 20,000, plus I will deliver it, anywhere, by hand, for a charge of US $ 50,000? Heck, for US $ 70,000 total, I will show up at your door, with a 12 btl. vertical of Insignia, and then entertain your guests.


              1. re: Bill Hunt
                maria lorraine Dec 22, 2012 08:02 PM

                Well, as long as you've thrown in entertainment, $70K is OK.

            2. maria lorraine Dec 20, 2012 08:54 AM

              Sounds like a fine time.

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