Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne 2007
Fresh and floral, this is supple and well-knit, offering an appealing mix of apricot, toasted almond, biscuit and subtle chalk. Lightly creamy, with a citrusy finish. Disgorged January 2012. Drink now through 2018.
This powerful Pinot Noir Champagne comes from a less than 1/2 acre parcel in the Grand Cru of Bouzy planted in 1970 called Les Maillerettes. These old Pinot vines are the source for the massal selections used by the Paillard family for the rest of their plantations. Although not labeled as a vintage, it is all from 2007. The "Acte 2" will be 2008, and they aim to try and make it each year. This bottling, which will cellar for a very long time, also shows quite well right now, for those who enjoy dry, concentrated Champagne for the table. I drank this with an onion tart, and the richness of the pastry was a great foil for the minerality and acidity in this great wine. While I would not recommend this as a party bottle, graduates of Champagne will find one of the best expressions of real Pinot in this majestic wine. (Gary Westby, K&L Champage Buyer)