2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne

SKU #1135861 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Vivid yellow-gold. Potent red berry, blood orange and quince on the perfumed nose, with a chalky nuance adding lift and focus. Offers sappy red fruit and citrus pith flavors that flesh out and deepen with air while picking up a sexy floral quality. Closes with building spiciness, a hint of toasty lees and excellent clarity and length. Disgorged in December, 2013. Lot EX121304.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

I find 2004 to be the most collectible of all vintages in current release because it represents a rare event--an old fashioned, classic vintage. The last harvest in Champagne to have consistent, cool, long hang time growing conditions like this was 1988, and we haven't seen another one since 2004. That is two "classic" harvests in 25 years... and counting! This wine is composed of half Chardonnay from the Motellettes parcel planted in 1961 and half Les Maillerettes plot planted in 1970. It is dosed at only 3.5g/l and comes across as very dry but not at all austere due to the fantastic concentration of the old vines. The aroma is full of brioche, savory red fruit and cool sea air. This Champagne shows very young on the palate for its age but has a natural richness and authority that makes it fine for now, and better for the future. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/21/2014 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I drank this with some seared Ahi tuna and roasted vegtables and we were blown away by the quality. When we sat down, the first thing I noticed about the Champagne was how good it looked in the glass. The wine has a light gold color and a fine streamer of compact bubbles that form quite a nice halo on the top of the glass. Aromatically the 2004 delivered on the promise of top vintage Champagne with a complex array of dried fruit, pie crust and walnut on the nose. In the mouth it is concentrated and authoritative without being heavy, and has the kind of texture that rarely comes for under $100. The finish showed off the best features of the 2004 vintage, with chalky focus and a finish that I can almost still taste the next day. The Pierre Paillard went very well with the Tuna, with the rare Ahi bringing out the deep cherry fruit of the Pinot Noir and the tangy soy almost mirroring the chalk on the finish. I wish that Quentin and Antoine Paillard had been over to check it out, as the combination was far from a traditional French pairing! As usual with a great bottle of Champagne, Cinnamon and I thought it disappeared to quickly… I am looking forward to the magnums being released next year!
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