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Champagne Pierre Paillard La Grande Récolte Bouzy Grand Crutext

Champagne Pierre Paillard La Grande Récolte Bouzy Grand Cru 2012

Montagne de Reims, Champagne, FranceLa Grande Récolte represents the quintessence of the Paillard's vineyards, sourced from two sites within their top vineyard in their Bouzy homeland. This blends 55% old vine Pinot Noir from a plot called Les Maillerettes, planted in 1970, and 45% Chardonnay from Les Mottelettes, planted in 1961. Both are the mother vines for the massale selections made in house, and both vineyards are a mere 0.8 acres. This was vinified in stainless, and was kept on lees for eight months until bottling the following spring. This rested for 10 years in the deep chalk Paillard cellars, and was disgorged with 1.8 g/L in March 2022. From the excellent 2012 vintage, this is streaming focused and pure red apple and lemon over a deep, wet chalk base, scented with tangerine and stonily structured via the old vines and deep calcareous marls. Super complete, from alluring first scent through lingering meringue and saline finish.Tasted: 27 November 2023Tasted by: Prices:
BC$144.00750mlprivate wine shops
Producer: Champagne Pierre PaillardDistributors: The Wine Syndicate
Blend: Chardonnay - Pinot NoirCSPC: 163071