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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerPierre Paillard (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut Grand Cru
UPC Code(s)1000000000335

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2017 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.6 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 70 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 5/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Third time tasted. This time not coming across quite as rich, though it was cold (direct from ice bucket), pop and pour and may have been a slightly newer disgorgement. Somewhere in the middle of the road stylistically between rich and lean. The nose features lots of green apple, mineral, lime, lemon, flint and a touch of coffee bean. Palate has well measured dosage, feeling like 8-9 g/l and high biting malic acid. A bit young, this NV could easily be one to age and I'm holding some for this reason. (337 views)
 Tasted by njAndrew on 4/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Green apple and citrus with a touch of bread. Crisp and enjoyable. More bread/yeast as it warmed a little. (698 views)
 Tasted by AACollection on 4/18/2015: K&L Spring Champagne Tasting (K&L Hollywood): Very pale straw in color. Richer still than the Marguet and Launois that preceded it. Citrus on the nose and some nutty notes. Soft, fluffy mousse. Hint of tang on the finish, which is refreshing but shows a litle pepper/heat. (718 views)
 Tasted by BrunelloBob on 2/14/2015 & rated 90 points: DRY, big yeast and mineral, maybe a touch of almond, hint of citrus. This has got a serious backbone, and decent acidity, but is not really my style.
Let the other bottle sit a couple years, This may mellow into my wheelhouse. (1025 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 2/7/2015 & rated 91 points: Almond notes with green apple and honey/citrus. Very nice. (1162 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 2/7/2015 & rated 91 points: Opened by R&D. Consistent w/previous notes. (1025 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 2/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Almond, Gala apple, pear, mineral and honeycomb aromas. Fine bead with flavors of ginger, marzipan, apple, wet dough and honeysuckle. (1010 views)
 Tasted by dsabolish on 1/4/2015 & rated 94 points: Clear, light straw color with little bubbles. Chalky minerality on the nose with lemon zest and yeast. Lightly floral with a hint of honey. The palate is unctous and complex with high acidity and minerality. Nutty and yeasty with lemon curd and ripe lemon. I love this wine every time I open a bottle! (1102 views)
 Tasted by Keith M on 1/1/2015: disgorged June 2013 - lovely primary-fruit driven champagne, soft mousse, lots of pear, some peach and stonefruit, dry but fruit-driven, more-more-moreish, very flexible with food, went great with spicy szechuan, a real winner and very great quality for price, will revisit for sure (770 views)
 Tasted by legarejm on 12/31/2014 & rated 92 points: Soft and little bubble. Lemon mousse, white cherries, fresh ginger. Delicate and chalky finish. Very nice complex champagne. (724 views)
 Tasted by rama on 12/31/2014: arresting aromatics. better without food. (650 views)
 Tasted by SiR on 12/31/2014 & rated 90 points: 12.5% - Clear, med lemon, constant bubbles / clean, med to pronounced intensity - citrus zest, lemon custard, brioche, nutty / dry, high (lemon like) acidity, med to light body, med+ intensity, persistent finish. Good way to kick off the new year (788 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 12/26/2014 & rated 90 points: Opened at Liu Brothers with Norberto & Graciela. Green apple, almond and mineral notes. The palate follows the bouquet with additional notes of citrus and limestone. Fine bead. (729 views)
 Tasted by thanx4wigglin on 12/24/2014 & rated 89 points: Richness and texture suggests barrel fermentation; good body; medium complexity suggesting younger base wine and minimal reserve wine; finish is shorter than desired/expected. (533 views)
 Tasted by Fowler52 on 12/13/2014 & rated 91 points: Awesome growers champers. Great QPR! (676 views)
 Tasted by theguy on 11/30/2014 & rated 91 points: What a regular sunday evening champagne should be. (813 views)
 Tasted by scott w on 11/29/2014 & rated 90 points: Citrus green apple and bread dough, layered and delicious very fresh will buy more. (842 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 11/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Weekend Supper with Friends (TLV's): Green apple, limestone and ginger notes. Aggressive mousse. Nice fruit on the palate- apple and citrus with hints of dough carrying the finish. Nice value. (963 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 11/28/2014 & rated 90 points: Opened by Allred. Explosive nose of green apples and citrus. (823 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 11/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Opened by Allred. 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged September 2013. Mostly 2009 with 2008 reserve wine. 5g/ltr of sugar. Round texture and a solid bead. Notes of citrus, chalk and bread dough. Clean finish. 91 points (776 views)
 Tasted by Nojomoschwa on 11/2/2014 & rated 91 points: Very similar notes to the last bottle. Simply put, this is an amazing buy for $35. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better Grand Cru NV for the same money, in my opinion. And you can certainly pay a LOT more for much worse NVs from some of the bigger houses. Fantastic (and crowd-pleasing) Champagne. (701 views)
 Tasted by SoundInBetween on 11/2/2014: Vin Chicago tasting. All stainless fermentation. Fairly golden in color, this wine is very clear and with very present flavors of asian pear, with some yeasty/bready notes on the finish. Very good. (814 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 11/1/2014 & rated 90 points: Another solid showing. Nose is rich leaning with notes of ginger, candied lemon peel, cantaloupe and brown sugar. The palate balances high, tart, seemingly malic acid against excellently measured dosage (feels like 9 g/l). Finish is medium in length. Solid wine. Could still age out a little longer yet to bring this wine into a little more balance and bring out the oxidative richness. (862 views)
 Tasted by jamieirving on 11/1/2014 & rated 94 points: Golden straw yellow in the glass. Lovely earthy, grassy aromas. Bready, hint of fresh cut mushroom and good acidity. Very enjoyable. (673 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 10/20/2014 & rated 90 points: Nose: The nose evokes the thought of a morning bakery along with red and green apples, mineral tones, warm breads, white florals, and baking spices.

Taste: Medium/full bodied with medium+ acidity. There is a real freshness and distinctiveness to the feel with red and green apples, warm dough, baked breads, minerals, and baking spices.

Overall: This is a lovely champagne. It's very well balanced with a tasty early morning bakery quality that is very attractive. (618 views)
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(NV Pierre Paillard Champagne Brut Grand Cru) Light yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; yeasty, lightly oxidative, oxidative apple nose; oxidative apple, mineral, tart pear palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish  90 points
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Pierre Paillard

Producer Website

Pierre Paillard Champagne Brut Grand Cru

From producer website:


Grapes are from 22 Grand Cru plots, exclusively from our Bouzy Vineyard, which has an average of 25 years old.


Blend of two grape varieties: Pinot Noir 60% - Chardonnay 40%
Blend of two vintages: Base wine 2009 - Reserve wine 2008
This cuvée was vinified in vats for 8 months on its own lees before bottling..
Dosage: 5gr/l


Once the bottling is over, each bottle spends three and a half years on its lees in our cellars, at 10°C.
This is a very long ageing period in order to obtain the much sought-after balance.

Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Le Champagne (Le comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne) | Grandes Marques & Maisons de Champagne (Union des Maisons de Champagne)

France - When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of consistent quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.

Champagne - The French region of Champagne (including the cities of Rheims, Épernay, and Aÿ) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and wine-making traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range in sweetness ranging from an extra brut or brut 0, to the basic brut to demi sec to doux; some houses produce single vintage champagnes and others produce non-vintage (or incorporate wines/grapes of multiple vintages), often to preserve a specific taste; combinations of grape varietals; and colors, including a rosé. There are several sub-appellations, including the Valley of the Marnes river running from Épernay west, Massif de Saint-Thierry north and west of Rheims, Valley of the Ardre, the Mountains of Rheims (between Rheims and Épernay), Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, and Côte des Bar in the South. Champagne wine only uses three grape varietals (cépages): Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.


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