- Pierre Paillard Champagne Blanc De Noirs "Act I" 2007 Product #26005 (In Stock)
The Blanc de Noirs "Les Maillerettes" bottling is the more dark and brooding than the Blanc de Blancs, with just-ripe blackberry, mushroom, and forest floor aromas dominating the nose. On the palate it's as crisp and refreshing, but with a bit more body and depth than the Blanc de Blancs. It opens with bright citrus flavors, but quickly transitions into strawberry and blackberry fruit, and a savory, mushroomy quality.
The lieu-dit gets its name because it’s the “mother plot,” the vineyard from which Paillard selects cuttings to propagate the rest of its Pinot Noir vineyards and maintain the genetic identity of its holdings. In a village dominated by Pinot Noir, it’s especially important that their Pinot clones be not only excellent, but also unique to them.
While this would be fantastic as an aperitif or on its own like any good Champagne, the Blanc de Noirs will really shine with serious food - think duck, salmon, mushroom risotto - anything with earthy flavors and an unctuous texture to play against the crisp acidity and bracing effervescence.
"Musky, spice-accented aromas of dried pear, redcurrant and rhubarb, with toasty lees and citrus pith nuance emerging with air. Gently chewy in texture, offering sappy pear and bitter orange flavors that are given a creamy quality by a note of sweet butter. The redcurrant comes back on the long, stony, subtly smoky finish. This Champagne has the body to work with richer foods but comes off dry enough to serve by itself."International Wine Cellar 91 points
- Pierre Paillard Champagne Blanc De Blancs "Act I" 2007 Product #26006 (In Stock)
Pierre Paillard's Blanc de Blanc "Act 1" 2007, so named to stay within a legal loophole in France's vintage designation system, opens with a sophisticated whiff of white flowers and fresh almonds. Aromas of fresh pear, golden apple, and brioche come in as well. On the palate it's lemony and zippy, with a beautiful minerality and yeastiness on the finish. Delivers all of that class and sophistication at far less than what you would normally pay for a single-vintage, 100% Chardonnay Champagne from all Grand Cru fruit.
"Disgorged January 25, 2012. Pale yellow-gold. Orchard and pit fruits on the toasty, gently spicy nose and in the mouth. Musky pear and peach pit flavors show a refreshingly bitter quality and pick up a buttery nuance with air. Finishes chewy and long, with lingering toastiness and a hint of anise. This Champagne has the heft to handle full-flavored food like strong cheeses or a buttery poultry dish."International Wine Cellar 90 points