2002 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne 1.5L
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(made from a 50/50 blend of pinot noir and chardonnay; disgorged January 25, 2012): Light, bright yellow-gold. Musky orchard fruits and blood orange on the intensely perfumed nose. Weighty and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering sappy orange zest and redcurrant flavors and a bracing note of chalky minerality. Shows impressive energy and power on the finish, leaving behind a stony note.
This wondrous bubbly is half Pinot Noir and half Chardonnay, all from the 2002 vintage. It is a complex and intense wine with aromas of brioche and grilled French bread along with honey and fig. A fine and delicate finish makes it ideal with seafoods and sushi.