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Pierre Paillard, 'Les Mottelettes' Bouzy Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2016
France / Sparkling

Pierre Paillard, 'Les Mottelettes' Bouzy Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2016

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Pierre Paillard is a small grower‐producer of Champagnes located in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Since Antoine Paillard bought vineyards there in 1768, the Paillard family has been cultivating vines in this prestigious village, and today, Antoine and Quentin Paillard represent the eighth generation in the family and the fourth generation to produce, and bottle the wines under their family name.

Bouzy is one of the 17 villages in the Champagne region that has been classified as Grand Cru, the highest classification that can be awarded. It is renowned for producing some of the finest Pinot Noir in all of Champagne as its situation on the south‐facing side of the Montagne de Reims is ideal for the difficult to ripen Pinot Noir grape. The wines of Bouzy tend to be more rich and powerful with expressive noses, and as Antoine Paillard says, the challenge for them in Bouzy is not achieving ripeness as is the case in much of the Champagne region, but rather maintaining balance and freshness.

Les Mottelettes is a rare and unique expression of Chardonnay grown in Bouzy. A terroir that is traditionally given voice through Pinot Noir. The bouquet delicately expresses aromas of citrus and dried lemon peel. The palate is intense, creamy and voluptuous. Lemon opens into pineapple and passion fruit then transitions to white peach and jasmine while wrapped around a core of pure minerality. The finish carries on to great length and showcases the wine's structured elegance.

Bouzy Grand Cru
Clay over chalk subsoils
Fermented in stainless steel using only the first press and the heart of the cuvée. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, the wine was kept on its lees for eight months until bottled. Aged for 60 months sur lattes. Bottled as Extra Brut with a dosage of 1.8g/L.