- Pierre Paillard Bouzy Grand Cru Brut NV Product #24253 (In Stock)
The last release of our favorite "regular" Champagne clocked in with a 92 point rating and spot on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list for 2013. At least that good this time. Mostly Pinot Noir with Chardonnay for lift and definition, this is a blend of the 2008 and 2009 vintages with 36 months on the lees. Creamy in texture but clear and precise in it's classic aromas and flavors, this should be your "go-to" bottle of bubbly for every occasion!
For reference, here' s last year's WS 92 note: "Shows lovely balance, with a satiny quality to the refined mousse and mouthwatering acidity meshing with pure notes of poached quince, lemon mousse, white cherry and fresh ginger. Offers a lightly chalky finish."
- Pierre Paillard Champagne Blanc De Noirs "Act I" 2008 Product #28327 (In Stock)
Pierre Paillard's 2008 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.
- Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Bouzy Brut Miliesime 2004 Product #28566 (In Stock)
A fabulous vintage Champagne from one of our favorite grower producers.
"Bright yellow. Pungent redcurrant, pear skin and anise aromas, along with notes of smoky minerals and chamomile. Sappy poached pear and buttered toast flavors are braced by zesty blood orange and ginger, picking up a honeysuckle nuance with air. Shows impressive clarity and punch on the finish, which features dusty mineral and cherry pit qualities."International Wine Cellar 91 points