- Pierre Paillard Bouzy Grand Cru Brut Nv 375ml Product #25072 (In Stock)
Coming from a very storied tradition of Bouzy Champagne producers, the Pierre Paillard Brut is one of the softest, prettiest Champagnes we've found in a long time. A blend of '06/'07 vintage Grand Cru Pinot Noir and Chard fruit, Brut is has amazing aromas of fresh yellow pear and chalky mineral. The palate will blow you away with green apple and one of the softest textures you ever tasted. The wine finishes with flavors of soft cashews and genty caramalized pears.
"(60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay, from Bouzy; based on 2007, with 20% reserve wine from 2006) Light, bright yellow. Ripe pear and redcurrant aromas are complicated by rose oil, anise and toasty lees. A hefty, palate-coating Champagne that offers pliant orchard fruit flavors and a touch of orange marmalade. Finishes smooth and broad, with very good sappy persistence. I'd serve this broad-shouldered Champagne with a richly sauced poultry dish or strong cheeses."International Wine Cellar 90 points
- 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.
- 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.
Bouzy is a Grand Cru village that grows mostly Pinot Noir, and the Act 1 Blanc de Blancs is one of only two all-Chardonnay Champagnes made in Bouzy. This is a single-vineyard to boot, from the "Les Mottelettes" lieu-dit vineyard. Blanc de Blancs is always thought to be at the top of the prestige Champagne hierarchy. It’s a little lighter in body, more luxurious, and often a bit more expensive than bottlings blended with the red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
This is a Blanc de Blancs that 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. There is a bit more power and concentation here than in the Brut NV, but it retains all of the signature Paillard sparkle and fun. Potato chips and popcorn are always great matches with Champagne, but anything crispy and golden would be especially wonderful with this beautiful Blanc de Blancs.
"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