2010 Pierre Paillard "Les Mottelettes" Grand Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

SKU #1288618 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Les Mottelettes Bouzy Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra-Brut is from a Chardonnay plot planted in 1960, in the lower part of Bouzy, where the pure chalk lays only 50 centimeters below the top soil. Disgorged in November 2015 with a dosage of 2.6 grams, this cuvée (which did not see any oak during the vinification) opens with a deep and ripe, very precise and complex bouquet. Full-bodied, pretty rich, but pure and dry, this is a remarkable if not great Blanc de Blancs full of tension, grip and character. The finish is reveals a firm structure, pure minerality and great length. This is an outstanding Blanc de Blancs from Bouzy. Highly recommended. The yield was 35% down, due to strict selections because of botrytis. 92+ (SR)  (6/2016)

91 points Vinous

 The 2010 Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Mottelettes Grand Cru is endowed with tons of energy. There is a real sense of translucence to the expressive orchard fruit, citrus and floral notes. The aromatics are just a touch forward, which suggests the 2010 is likely to evolve on the faster side of things. For that reason, I would prefer to catch the 2010 sooner rather than later. Today, it is a terrific and rewarding drink. Dosage is 1.8 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2016. (AG)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

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. 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 3 cases of this great Champagne, so don't hesitate if you would like some! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2017 | Send Email
The 2010 Pierre Paillard "Les Mottelettes" Blanc de Blancs comes from the Paillard's mother plot of chardonnay that was planted in 1961. This bone dry, chalk laden wine is usually a laser beam, and I love it with oysters. In 2010, it has an extra element that almost reminds me of the subtle pineapple character that you get in the best Meursault. With the terroir-driven aspects Paillard is showcasing in these wines, anyone who loves both Champagne and Burgundy would do well to drink one of these!
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