Champagne Bruno Paillard N.P.U. 'Nec Plus Ultra' 1999
In 1981, Bruno Paillard is 27 years old, and with nothing but his will, he created his Champagnes in a rented cellar with carefully selected grapes from independent growers. Today, Bruno Paillard’s vineyards cover 32 hectares (79,5 acres) of land over the best Crus of Champagne. Respect of this fantastic terroir through sustainable viticulture is a priority of the house. Bruno Paillard style is the marriage of elegance and complexity which translates into a light and smooth effervescence, a remarkable purity, a true freshness and a silky texture.
Vivid yellow-gold. Potent, smoke-accented aromas of pit fruits, melon and honey, with a sexy floral overtone and building minerality. Lively, sappy and seamless, with intense nectarine and candied ginger flavors and notes of buttery brioche and anise. Shows a compelling blend of richness and vivacity, with no rough edges. A refreshingly bitter note of citrus pith adds lift and cut to the smoky, strikingly long finish, which leaves notes of honeysuckle and poached pear behind. a 50/50 blend of chardonnay and pinot noir that was aged for 12 years on its lees and disgorged in January, 2012.
94 Points - Josh Raynolds, vinous.com