The Billecart-Salmon Champagne house began, fittingly enough, when two people married. In 1818, Nicolas François Billecart wed Elisabeth Salmon, whose brother, Louis, was an enologist and a passionate winemaker, and Billecart-Salmon was born. Seven generations and more than two hundred years later, Billecart-Salmon is one of the few remaining family-owned-and-operated Champagne houses. Spread across almost 250 acres in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Billecart-Salmon also purchases grapes from farmers that represent 700 more, and, drawing from vines situated around Epernay, this medium-sized Champagne estate crafts seven elegant, finessed bottlings, including some of the best-priced vintage Champagne on the market. Billecart-Salmon harvests its grapes early to ensure an elegant, acidic and structured Champagne, suitable for aging, and it uses a process known as double cold settling, by which it rests the first press in cold tanks before racking it again to let it settle and precipitate again, thus naturally removing unwanted solids, and wild yeasts. This Champagne estate even uses horses and sheep to help tend to its Clos Saint-Hilaire vineyard! Aging takes place in Billecart-Salmon’s chalk caves, which extend more than a mile underground and date to the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Helmed by Mathieu Roland-Billecart and overseen by cellar master Florent Nys, Billecart-Salmon makes Champagne worthy of a celebration, wedding, or anniversary.