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YVES TESSON  Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Two Centuries of Adventure
     ditions Tallandier, 2018 48, rue du Faubourg-Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France www.tallandier.com
It could scarcely be described as a long quiet river. Two hundred years riven by revolutions, wars, enemy invasions, epide...
Eighteen tales of adventure in the life of a Champagne House Each of these eighteen tales filled with adventure and drama ...
1.  Le Vin d   honneur        29  2.  Sparkling Times        33  3.  The American Dream        39  4.  Tisane de Champagne...
1 Le Vin d   honneur 1545-1818  Every story needs a beginning, a date of birth, a setting. The story of Maison  as Romanti...
ninety kilometres     the famous twenty leagues     from the capital. The decree  the region, while their prices might be ...
Their marriage was to provide Nicolas Fran  ois with the means he needed to  in charge of the cellars, where he relished t...
2 Sparkling Times 1818-1865  Sitting opposite each other by the fireside in the large Empire-style study, one  to members ...
which ended with them demanding that the House of Billecart-Salmon  of its international expertise, and prominent merchant...
cholera that swept through the village, when most of the population  pressure  if the bottom of the bottle drops out    li...
established a relationship with two hundred wholesalers. In 1865 it recruited a travelling salesman, whose brief was to tr...
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3 The American Dream From 1852  Business can be about more than money. Highly successful businessman  set off for America,...
business   . The contract drawn up between the two parties was unambiguous   jumped a    hippy in ripped jeans and faded t...
Charles R. Parsons, Birds-eye View of New York City, c.1856.  Label from the late 1850s bearing the name of Maison Billeca...
4 Tisane de Champagne From 1860  The narrow strip of the English Channel might be all that separates  quality of his wines...
Geelong today has some of the most highly reputed vineyards in Australia.  the challenge  the English were conservative by...
headed by Colin Palmer, Mark Savage   s former Commercial Director. Now  regular blind tastings that soon persuaded even t...
5 Wager of a Dandy 1886-1921  The year was 1900, and since April and the opening of the Exposition  and roofed with curvac...
Lyon in 1902, it was selected as the champagne of choice of the exclusive  never alone on the C  te d   Azur. In the winte...
business in Hamburg. It was at this point that Pol called him back to  He was also a man of conviction. France at this tim...
6 N  gociant and High Flier 1914-1918  In the sultry heat of the summer of 1914, the dramatic news dropped  At Maison Bill...
a major port in neutral Brazil, in order not to fall into the clutches of  could scarcely get hold of 3000. So I took adva...
complications. The bottles had to be washed using steel wool, which  Paulin   s ability to turn his hand to anything was t...
the long-awaited arrival of the Americans, who had recently joined the  properly. Fortunately the German army   s retreat ...
Charles Roland-Billecart in the cockpit of his aeroplane during the First World War.  55
7 The Sheltering Hill 1919-1945  It was April 1919, and Charles Roland-Billecart was on his motorbike, just  Charles   s f...
The challenge was clear  Billecart-Salmon needed to target a more  who are highly respectable and who are members, as far ...
left a lot of room for manoeuvre for champagnes that offered good value,  meal was interrupted by the boom of artillery. L...
in Germany, and had no scruples about using this position to undermine  Jean. It was a sacrifice that looked to the future...
Charles Roland-Billecart  centre  on his motorcycle at the beginning of the First World War, when he served as a courier b...
8 A Drop in Temperature From 1940  It was October 1952. The vineyards on the slopes of Mareuil-sur-A   were  about  it,   ...
Eric Petitjean of the Institut Oenologique de Champagne and Pierre  Charles. Then came Monsieur Caron, former Cellar Maste...
Antoine Roland-Billecart, the youngest of Jean and Bernadette   s children,  For Fran  ois Domi, part of the joy of workin...
9 Checkmate From 1987  Late one night in 1993, Fran  ois Roland-Billecart was leaning over a  working processes. Not only ...
free the House from the shackles imposed by the soaring price of grapes.  proved useful when it came to buying back stocks...
appealed to the cognoscenti, or in marketing terms a    niche champagne   .  over the world, as they had always done. Rath...
10 Meeting in the Car Park 1999  It was 12 June 1999. Seagulls flew high in the Swedish summer sky, some  champagne since ...
Travel was to prove the key to building up sales, which took patience,  question     There were two great vintages in the ...
Above Members of the tasting panel at work in one of the salons of the Villa Pauli. Right A glimpse of the score sheet fro...
11 La vie en rose From 1840  There was a time when caviar, truffles, and lobster were all considered as  Billecart-Salmon ...
colours can rapidly degrade     as well as red wines held in reserve that  such as Alain Passard, who started by pairing h...
   I beg you to send me a basket of twenty-five bottles of ros   champagne at the usual price of twenty-one francs, unless...
12 Precious Lands From 1818  When Denis Bl  e, Vineyard Master for Maison Billecart-Salmon, allows  From the outset, Nicol...
Mutigny, Verzenay, Bouzy, Cuis, Villedommange and Tours sur Marne.  consider buying grapes from outside the region. For Bi...
Charles had made Pol heir to the Maison and left him the cellars. The  have to be afraid of bold decisions     and Fran  o...
of vegetation that suppresses weeds     over the use of herbicides, and  complexity in wines. The Maison also tries to pre...
Photograph of a grape harvest in the 1900s. Overseeing the weighing of the grapes at the entrance to the press room is Ren...
13 The Legendary Hectare From 1930  A love of the soil can be expressed in many different ways, including  and produced mu...
In this walled parcel, the vineyard master Denis Bl  e devotes himself  the vineyards, passed down from generation to gene...
the fact that there is no blending, and the wine is made only from the  essence of the wine,    Denis Bl  e stresses,    w...
14 Great Oaks from Little Acorns From 1995  It was a watershed moment. On 3 July 2017, Fran  ois Roland-Billecart  contain...
the finishing touch to the look of the space, the casks are given a regular  resistant than Pinot Noir.    Oak takes up ro...
It was Eric Calzolari, Sales Director for Billecart-Salmon in Central Europe,  smallest detail, including even the spacers...
15 Good Wine needs no Advertisement From 1818  It was 2 May 1860. Charles Billecart, reading a letter from his agent in  a...
and compelling, the visual design inspired by the pared-back, geometric  to the Billecart-Salmon tradition. A mere two day...
Jean Roland-Billecart hastily set aside a few bottles with the old labels. Paul  At Billecart-Salmon there could be no roo...
16 Broderie Parterres From 1818  When they were children, Nicolas and Delphine used to run around  maintenance of Le Clos ...
of Maison Billecart-Salmon champagne, and to understand the story that it tells us, we could do no better than to stroll t...
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17 Sak   Champagne From 1990  Kyoto, Japan, April 2017. Gazing out from the open gallery of the Taizo-in  that is very sim...
at this time, but  champagne sales were negligible. France was viewed  two hundred years is sure to elicit esteem, respect...
Antoine Roland-Billecart and Daiko Matsuyama at the Taizo-in Temple in Kyoto, April 2017.  103
18 Gastronomic Pairings From 1991  Champagne and gastronomy seem to be made for each other. But what  just any vegetables....
their saline notes offered some delightful pairings, with different vintages  allowing the subtle flavours of the other in...
Alain Passard and Alexandre Bader enjoying a glass of Nicolas Fran  ois 2006 together in the gallery of Alain Passard   s ...
The Champagnes Billecart-Salmon To enter the world of Billecart-Salmon champagnes is to be delighted by the different char...
Collection This selection bears witness to the exceptional expertise devoted by Maison Billecart-Salmon to its champagnes....
Mill  sime A vintage is the reflection of a unique grape harvest, holding within it the memory of a special moment. At Mai...
A Blanc de Noirs cuv  e named after the patron saint of Mareuilsur-A  . The Clos, which covers a hectare, conforms to all ...
Champagne of the Millennium In 1999, Maison Billecart-Salmon took part in a wine tasting organized in  expect of a luxury ...
A Family Story Passion, courage, intuition  with every new chapter in the family history, a member of the rising generatio...
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The Impassioned Founders  The emotional bond between the Billecarts and the Salmons was consolidated by an economic allian...
The Intrepid Adventurer CHARLES BILLECART  2nd GENERATION Charles Billecart  1823   1888 , son of Nicolas Fran  ois, start...
The Dandy and Aesthete POL BILLECART  3rd GENERATION A true dandy, Pol Billecart  1854   1916  was a lighthearted hedonist...
The Courageous Pilot CHARLES ROLAND-BILLECART  4th GENERATION Pol   s nephew Charles  1886   1963  was the son of his sist...
The Meticulous Perfectionist JEAN ROLAND-BILLECART  5th GENERATION In 1940, aged seventeen, Charles Roland-Billecart   s s...
The Visionary Poet and the Charming Ambassador FRAN  OIS ROLAND-BILLECART   ANTOINE ROLAND-BILLECART  6th GENERATION  and ...
Family spirit since 1818. Monsieur Jean, seated at the table, ready to share a gateau with three generations of his family...
Expert Hands Precise, intuitive, simple and a pleasure to watch, the techniques that go into making these remarkable champ...
Shaping a vineyard is a passion handed down  understanding. Touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste  from one generation to th...
Treading softly through the vines Never the same from one cru to the next, each  horse-drawn ploughing, as the lighter tre...
The art of pruning Of all the winegrower   s tasks, expert pruning of the vines is the most quintessential. It requires no...
Trembling new shoots  Only the strongest shoots are kept. As the vineyard workers assess them by eye, their hands prune ou...
Nimble fingers  Angels    breath  For Billecart-Salmon Ros   Champagnes, only  harvested, then again when they are spread ...
The hands of time turn A quick gesture, but one that brings with it the experience of generations  it needs an infinitesim...
A family affair  As they develop, the wines are constantly tasted,  of the family takes part in the blending of the  obser...
Shimmering aromas Decanting is done to    open up    wines, and it adds an extra dimension to vintage or very vinous champ...
Two Centuries of Champagne 1818  1914  Marriage of Nicolas Fran  ois Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon. Following  At the out...
1964  2000  The first Pinot Noir vines for the future Clos Saint-Hilaire are planted. This  Creation of a new cuverie.  ye...
Acknowledgments The author and publisher would like to thank all those who in many different ways have contributed to this...
Photographic Acknowledgments Leif Carlsson  1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 38, 50, 56, 70, 96, 107, 109, 117, 126, 129...
Editorial Director  Alain de Gourcuff Design and layout  Papier and Co Editorial coordination  Ma  va Duclos Production  L...