Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne
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)
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.
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)
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)