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Champagne Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru XVIIItext

Champagne Pierre Paillard Les Parcelles Bouzy Grand Cru XVIII NV

Montagne de Reims, Champagne, FranceBrothers Antoine and Quentin Paillard are 8th generation vine growers and winemakers, carrying on the family tradition along with father Benoit. The Paillard family has been growing vines and making wine in Bouzy since 1768, owning only Grand Cru vineyards with old vines via massale selection (no clones). They are truly a star of the grower champagne movement. Les Parcelles is sourced entirely from their home village of Bouzy and 22 plots of the family's sustainably-farmed vines, now averaging 30+ years. As noted by the XVIII on the label, this is based on the 2018 vintage (70%) and my bottle is a mix of 70/30 pinot noir/chardonnay (the latter an anomaly in PN-centric Bouzy), disgorged in April 2022 after 4 years on lees, and with less than 1 g/L dosage. Red apple, Rainier cherry, and crisp lemon lead, with subtle toast and meringue following close behind. Wet chalk and crushed stones make up the textural base, leading this to a saline / chalky finish. As always with Paillard, a lovely showcase of how PN and Chardy can expertly complement each other.Tasted: 20 January 2024Tasted by: Prices:
BC$100.00750mlprivate wine stores
Producer: Champagne Pierre PaillardDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
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Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot Noir