Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (2009)
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.
Blanc de blancs from Bouzy? Yes--and what a blanc de blancs it is! This single-varietal, single-vineyard, single-harvest Champagne comes entirely from the Les Motellettes parcel which was planted in 1961. This bottle is all 2009, although not labeled as a vintage you can find the information on the back label. Quentin Paillard, his brother and his father all wanted to make terroir Champagne from their best, oldest plots--the very plots that they use to propagate the massale selections for the rest of their vineyard. This Chardonnay has understated power and is perhaps the most subtle, complex young Champagne that I have ever had. We only managed to get 5 cases of this great Champagne, so don't hesitate if you would like some! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)