Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee (1.5L)
from Champagne, France
Tasting notes by Bruno Paillard:
A straw gold colour and very fine bubbles. Its delicate hue comes from to the use of a high percentage of Chardonnay and of the first pressing only. The fine bubbles are due to a very noble raw material, a perfectly controlled temperature in the cellar – cool and steady – and to very long ageing in bottle.
The first aromas reveal the citrus character of the Chardonnay : lime, grapefruits. Then red fruit aromas come out: redcurrant, raspberry, morello cherry – typical Pinot Noir. On leaving the wine to open up, candied fruits, even exotic fruits of Pinot Meunier appear with aromas of banana and pineapple. The palate is lively, thanks to the low dosage respecting the wines authenticity.
The nose is confirmed by the first taste, citrus, almonds, toasted bread and "brioche"… but also redcurrant jelly, then dark fruits - cherry, fig or blackberry.
On being aerated and warmer, the wine reveals the light taste of plum and pear. The palate is full, quite long, with a very clean finish. Elegance – but not without complexity – this wine perfectly illustrates what I call "the house style".
"There's an intensity to this firm Champagne, with structuring notes of white peach, fresh-cut apple, stony mineral and a hint of beeswax. Vivacious, with a chalky sensation on the finish."
"Pale gold. Expressive, precise aromas of nectarine, pear skin and chalky minerals. Racy and focused on the palate, displaying steely citrus and orchard fruit flavors underscored by zesty minerality. Concentrated but silky and brisk, with strong finishing cut and excellent length."
International Wine Cellar
"This is a tightly built, aromatic Champagne; its leesiness picks up on fruit-skin flavors while firming up the wine with minerality. A match for braised pheasant or rabbit."
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