Emphasizing Pinot Noir (60 percent), this is a blend from 22 parcels in Bouzy. It’s fresh and clean, with red cherry perfume adding a touch of sweetness to the finish. The bubbles make it a little aggressive and gruff for now, needing a little time under cork to mellow.
The NV Brut Grand Cru, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, is a good introduction to the Paillard Champagnes. There is good energy to the citrus, orchard fruit and floral-driven flavors, especially considering the two base vintages (2011, 2010) in the blend. The Brut is just a touch burly, especially on the finish, but it is nicely rendered just the same. Dosage is 3.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 2015. (AG)
This harmonious Champagne boasts a fine, creamy mousse and a delicate mix of Anjou pear, biscuit, honey, graphite and fleur de sel flavors. Features a fresh, almond-tinged finish. Disgorged July 2015. (AN)
Pierre Paillard's Bouzy Grand Cru Brut (the final name has still to be decided when I tasted it in March 2016) is a 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay blend, based on 2011 (65%) and 2010 (35%) that was disgorged with 3.5 grams per liter in September 2015. The wine is pure and subtle, but intense and fruity on the nose - already indicating remarkable finesse. It also has great finesse and purity on the palate; it is light and mineral, so pretty, and full of tension and character with a persistent finish. There are lemon flavors in the aftertaste. (SR)
(60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; disgorged in October, 2013): Light gold, with a faint onion skin cast. Spicy orange zest and honeydew on the fragrant, mineral-accented nose. Dry and tightly focused, offering lively Meyer lemon and melon flavors and a deeper suggestion of nectarine. Finishes with building floral character and excellent tangy persistence, leaving bitter citrus zest and dusty mineral notes behind. (JR)
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