Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Rosé Champagne

SKU #1084731 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (made from 70% chardonnay, 23% pinot noir and 7% still pinot noir, all from Bouzy; disgorged May 4, 2012): Bright orange-pink. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry and blood orange, with a sexy floral quality gaining strength with air. Shows very good energy and clarity, finishing powerfully, with lingering minerality.  (12/ 2012)

92 points Wine Spectator

 With a bouncy, lively bead and bright acidity, this is open-knit and accessible, offering flavors of black raspberry, kirsch, biscuit and fresh ginger. Delivers a clean, minerally finish. Disgorged May 2012. Drink now through 2016.  (7/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This is one of our most delicate and refined rose Champagne and a combination of 70% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Noir vinified white and 7% Bouzy Rouge Pinot Noir. It is dosed at seven grams per liter and is quite dry. It is made 100% from estate grown fruit from the grand cru of Bouzy on the south facing slopes of the Mountain of Reims and farmed without pesticides. I find this wine subtle and almost haunting, and it goes very, very well with shellfish. If you are a fan of rose Champagne with lobster, you have found your perfect bottle! -Gary Westby, K&L

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/16/2013  | Send Email
From my top 10 Champagnes of 2012: My friend Henry Hiatt who manages the Fish Market in Palo Alto brought several dozen big Miyagi oysters from Fanny Bay in British Columbia and shucked them expertly for all of us. We had some Chablis and a few Blanc de Blancs with them and they worked well, just like one would expect. We were thirsty on Thanksgiving, and the only cold bottle of Champagne left was this rose… Which I did not think would work at all. What a surprise! This ultra dry rose, with its very high (70%) Chardonnay content was the best pairing of the night with the oysters. While we could taste the black cherry flavor of the Bouzy rouge, the wine interacted with the oysters like an extra brut- clean refreshment and mineral zing!

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/24/2012  | Send Email
Composed of 70% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Noir vinified white, and 7% Pinot Noir vinified red, this Grand Cru Rose Champagne is pretty special stuff. It starts out enigmatic, offering floral and dandelion aromas, followed by a suggestion of raspberry and bitter citrus. These kick up a notch on the palate, where currant and red berry notes mix with citrus and creamy lees for a deep, mouthfilling impression that is clearly defined by racy acidity and clean mineral high notes. Contrasting yet complimentary flavors of berry and mineral linger on the finish. This is a food Champagne with endless possibilities.

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France

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Alcohol Content (%): 12