Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - 750ml

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93pts Wine Enthusiast

Grand Cru vineyards in Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger contribute the majority of the Chardonnay fruit in this real representative of the Côte des Blancs. The wine is crisp, and textured, a panoply of white fruits and steeliness. This bottling is ready to drink although it will be even better from 2020 after more bottle age.

91pts Wine & Spirits

From the grand cru villages of Oger and Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, this is a powerful chardonnay Champagne. Its structure has a muscular intensity, capturing the cool wash of ripe-peach fruit and delivering it with gripping tension. The only thing that gets in the way is a little egginess, which should dissipate with a year in bottle. It needs time for the structure to mellow.

 

Winemaker Notes

Very pale and shiny with green tints. The effervescence is lighter than in the other Champagnes thanks to a less powerful bottle fermentation.First aromas are citrus – lime and grapefruit – followed by white flowers. While opening in the glass, a touch of almond and toast appears.The entry is lively leading to a complex combination of citrus and white flowers. The effervescence is extremely fine, silky and creamy. The finish is fresh and long.

 

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