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2004 Bruno Paillard "Nec Plus Ultra" Brut Champagne

SKU #1444894 95 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark I have been looking forward to the release of the 2004 Bruno Paillard “Nec Plus Ultra” for several years now, and was very happy to hear that it is now ready for release. This is Bruno and Alice Paillard’s Tête de Cuvée and it is a stunning example of the 2004 vintage. The wine was not disgorged until September of 2017, after more than twelve years aging sur latte and then held for a couple more years in the cellars to let it really settle in from its disgorgement! The wine offers up superb aromatic precision in its constellation of white peach, apple, a very complex base of chalky minerality, fresh-baked bread, a dollop of fresh almond and incipient smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and full-bodied, with a lovely core of fruit, very refined mousse, laser-like focus and marvelous grip on the long, complex and zesty finish. This is a stellar vintage for the N.P.U. from the Paillard family, which is drinking nicely right out of the blocks, but which clearly is still in climbing mode and will be even better a decade down the road! (Drink between 2019-2060) 95+ Inner quote mark (9/2019)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This wine from a great Champagne vintage is at its peak. Poised between maturity and fruitiness, it reveals richness and texture. This is a dry Champagne, full of ripe white fruit and toast that mingle easily. Drink this wine now, although it can age for many years. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Rich, with a well-spiced range of pineapple pâte de fruit, toasted brioche, lemon thyme, crystallized honey and grated ginger notes, this vibrant version is firmed by racy, seamlessly integrated acidity, swathed in a satiny mousse. Long and mouthwatering, this is hard to stop sipping. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2029. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2004 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs is Bruno Paillard's Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend vinified in oak. Rich and powerful in the glass, the 2014 is still tightly wound, despite having been disgorged more than two years ago. Vinification in oak gives the 2004 quite a bit of power and resonance to play off the freshness of the vintage. It will be interesting to see if the 2004 comes together a bit more fully with time in bottle. Today, the wine is heavily marked by wood, with strong torrefaction, coffee, hazelnut and spice accents, and less of the freshness that is the single greatest marker of 2004 in Champagne. Disgorged: September, 2017 (AG) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

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