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Pierre Paillard Blanc de Blancs Acte 1 Les Motellettes Grand Cru

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Winemaker Notes

With all fruit coming from the 2008 vintage, this champagne, an original Chardonnay, is a beautiful expression of the Bouzy terroir, a region primarily known for its Pinor Noirs. The bouquet delicately expresses aromas of citrus and dried fruit. The palate is intense, creamy and voluptuous. Citrus notes and exotic fruit blend in with floral notes and juicy fruit. Precise and neat, this champagne develops further in the mouth displaying the subtle balance between fruit and minerality.

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W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Les Mottelettes is a single parcel of Chardonnay, 1.5 acres of vines planted in 1961, the Paillard's mother block for the variety. Distinct from a Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, this Bouzy wine is more extravagant, its minerality woven into a round, supple texture, with bright jasmine highlights at the edges.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Mouthwatering, with a fine, satinlike mousse that supports deftly woven flavors of salted almond, apricot, pastry and fresh ginger. Subtle overall, particularly on the lightly chalky finish. Disgorged March 2014. Drink now through 2019.
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Pierre Paillard

Pierre Paillard

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Pierre Paillard, , France - Other regions
Pierre Paillard
Bouzy is located in the heart of the Montagne de Reims, a renowned Grand Cru for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Paillard family settled here in the early 18th century. Eight generations later, they have become an independent Family House, ambitious in its vine-growing expectations. Respect of the soil, control of the yields, vinification per plot and long ageing are the important characteristics of our wines and the motivations behind their daily work.

All of their champagnes are produced from their grapes grown on one of the most prestigious Grand Cru terroirs in Champagne: Bouzy. Our vineyards make up 11 hectares (28 acres), composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40 % Chardonnay.

Horse Heaven Hills

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"Surely this is Horse Heaven!”

Its wide prairies and rolling expanses led an early pioneer to proclaim that the region looked like “horse heaven,” and as a result, the area was appropriately named. Horse Heaven Hills is in south central Washington state, geographically bound on its northern border by the Yakima River and in the south, by the larger Columbia River.

Its proximity to the Columbia River contributes to a variety of climactic factors that dramatically affect its grapes. In particular, an increase in wind from changes in pressure along the river, which flows from the cool and wet Pacific Ocean, inland to Washington’s hot and arid plains, creates 30% more wind than there would be otherwise. These winds moderate temperatures, which protect against mold and rot, reduce the risk of early and late season frosts, diminish canopy size and toughen grape skins.

The vineyards bordering the river are on steep, south-facing, well-exposed slopes, with well-drained, sandy-loam soils. But the soils of the appellation are diverse throughout, ranging from wind-blown sand and loess, Missoula Flood sediment, and rocky basalt. Horse Heaven Hills has an arid continental climate with elevations ranging from 200 to 1,800 feet.

The first vines of the appellation were planted in 1972 in an optimal spot now referred to as the Champoux Vineyard. Today it remains the source of some of Washington’s most desirable and expensive Cabernet Sauvignons. In fact, the appellation as a whole boasts many of Washington’s top scoring wines. Its primary grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Riesling

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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling, and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes in New York.

In the Glass

Riesling is low in alcohol, with high acidity, steely minerality, and stone fruit, spice, citrus, and floral notes. At its ripest it leans towards juicy peach and nectarine, and pineapple, while in cooler climes it is more redolent of meyer lemon, lime, and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of gasoline.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is very versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice), and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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