Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne

SKU #1084730 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light gold, with a faint onion skin cast. Spicy orange zest and honeydew on the fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Dry and tightly focused, offering lively Meyer lemon and melon flavors and a deeper suggestion of nectarine. Finishes with building floral character and excellent tangy persistence, leaving bitter citrus zest and dusty mineral notes behind. (JR)  (1/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Racy, with a tightly knit palate of apricot, chalk, lemon zest and biscuit flavors, featuring a vivacious, lacy mousse. Well-balanced, with a clean-cut, minerally finish.  (10/2015)

Antonio Galloni

 The NV Bouzy Grand Cru is a very pretty entry-level offering with plenty of Bouzy depth and creaminess. Dried pear, spice, mint and dried flowers open up at this expressive NV Champagne shows off its inviting, resonant personality. The Grand Cru is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay based on the 2010 vintage with the addition of 2009 reserve wines. (AG)  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

I am incredibly excited about the extraordinary quality of this top grower's Champagne. The name might sound familiar, as they are cousins with the negociant Bruno Paillard. But, their production is completely separate, and unlike Bruno, all estate-grown. What an estate they have... 28 acres exclusively in the Montagne de Reims grand cru top village of Bouzy. There they exclusively cultivate their own selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay--they do not have a single clone on the estate. This wine is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with about 1/3 reserve wines. This wine has such power and presence it deserves a great pairing like lobster, but also has the elegance to enjoy as the aperitif. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/29/2015 | Send Email
Light, bright and golden on the eyes, this delicate champagne displays tight, creamy bubbles with the aroma of fresh, zesty citrus peel. On the mouth, the entry is marked with lively acidity, a hint of toast, wet stone and green apple. Poised and pretty, this is a super treat and a perfect celebratory cuvée at a well-priced $50 mark. Super recommended!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
Non-vintage Champagne does not get much better than this. The Paillard family makes a statement with this great cuvee and show how very serious that they are about quality. All of the details have been studied and sweated over to make this wine, from planting only massal selected vines, to working towards an organic certification. This is Champagne that has power without losing its drinkability, and richness without sweetness. If you are only going to try one new Champagne this year, this should be it!
Drink from 2014 to 2019

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2015 | Send Email
This walks the line between richness and precision, and makes that balancing act look easy. The nose is an interplay of spicy, mineral notes, lemon zest, toastiness, and nuttiness, with no one element dominating. A fine mousse yields up the generosity of Brioche set against flinty, mineral flavors, with those rocky notions turning in a salty direction on the finish. I regret that we don’t have this in stock all the time, but I’m always happy that we have when we do. Those of you who already know this brut know how good it is; for those who don’t, reach for a bottle of Pailard’s brut instead of a more familiar Champagne, and you’ll find you have made a new best friend.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2015 | Send Email
Simultaneously delicate and well-structured, this Grand Cru Brut stands head and shoulders above a mountain of clumsy, overly sweet non-vintage Champagne. Balancing pears, lemon curd, gentle minerality, creamy texture, and saline acidity, this certified organic bottling is the roundest, cleanest entry level Champagne to impress my palate in a while. A perfect pairing with almost anything, from duck liver mousse to fried chicken.

By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2015 | Send Email
For Champagne loves who crave purity and true expression of the land, Pierre Paillard delivers some of the purest and cleanest bubbles that we carry. All from the Grand Cru of Bouzy, the sun warmed and ripened fruit sings out of the glass. Full of orchard and stone fruit bustring from the glass, summer peaches, golden apples, however these notes are balanced perfectly by a saline minerality that lends a light airiness to the wine. With a low dosage of 7 g/l the wine is dry and precise on the finish, with a lasting mineral note that leaves your mouth watering.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2014 | Send Email
Phenomenal. I love these Champagnes. Very pure flavors, with clear Pinot Noir red fruit, and a juicy quality that belies how serious this wine is, and how seriously the Paillards take their vineyards (all massale selections) and their production. One of our favorites, and needless to say, very highly recommended.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2014 | Send Email
This lower dosage, clean and linear Brut is one of the best that we carry, in my opinion. Green apple, bright cherry and lemon meringue notes on the nose. Bright apples, zippy lemon/lime and candied ginger flavors on the palate. It has a finish laden with chalk and minerals. When we have them, do NOT miss the magnums! They priced extremely reasonably and will age for another 10 years. As it is, this little beauty in the 750 ml bottle will age well for 6-7 more years. Do NOT wait to buy any of our Pierre Paillard selections! We receive them in limited quantities and they sell out quickly!
Top Value! Drink from 2013 to 2023

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