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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerPierre Paillard (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut Millésimé Grand Cru

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2018 (based on 4 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 25 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by thelostverse on 7/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Opened at Anvil for Allred's birthday. From magnum. A lovely nutty brioche that improves as it warms. Beauty. (143 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 7/21/2015 & rated 93 points: From magnum, courtesy of M/M thelostverse, disgorged in April 2013. Excellent Champagne. Very rich and toasty with aromas of marshmallow, nuts and baked orchard fruit. Fine bead with nice underlying acidity and flavors of orchard fruit, marshmallow, toasted vanilla bean, egg crème soda and ginger. Long finish where it picks up an interesting coriander/spice note. (185 views)
 Tasted by odds on 5/17/2015 & rated 94 points: Black Cat 101 (Undisclosed Italian Location in NY, NY): I first had this one shortly after the release, and we’ve been following the development of this one for a while now :-)
This time, we decided to put it on a solo show for starter. Goldish yellow, remains more on the bright gold side. Dry compare to other champs (which I like a lot) ,oak and fruits, or as one of the tasters said “glory in a bottle!”. Since this is the sixth time I’m having this one, I can’t really a lot more compared to previous notes, but I can certainly reinforce previous ones. Dry side champ, oak and fruits in first touch, more peach and lemon this time. Nice, long bubbles bubbles with long finish. We got few more of those in 2013, and I guess I under estimated how good this one would be because I believe we’re down to one or two bottles left, while this champagne still has years ahead of it to live and be enjoyable.

So, to sum- consistent with previous notes. Probably the most reliable champagne I can think of.

Vote by the bottle- empty bottle. Too bad we're running low on this one. (359 views)
 Tasted by David J Cooper on 12/30/2014 & rated 91 points: Great mousse. This was delicious with sushi. Very full body, lemon , hint of red fruit and brioche. Nice rich finish. Balanced but rich. (619 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 12/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Cepages Holiday Tasting: Champagne & Riesling (New York City): Drank at Cepages holiday tasting. Seemed a bit oxidized on opening. Lots of toast and biscuit on the nose. Quite yeasty, nutty & lots of caramel (denoting this oxidized style). Seemed like more than a 50/50 blend to me, as I found pinot to be predominant. Medium bodied, very creamy and fairly rich. Well made champagne but not my favored style. (664 views)
 Tasted by odds on 6/15/2014 & rated 94 points: Once again, Champ of the night. This time, standing for a good 'fight' alongside eight other bubbly bottles.
As always, goldish yellow, more on the bright gold side. Dry ,oak and fruits. Very consistent with previous notes. Probably the most reliable champagne I can think of. It does need few minutes to open up (maybe even longer than last year). Great champagne a bit more on the dry side.

(94-95. To date three times 94, twice 95) (1136 views)
 Tasted by clairenclarence on 5/10/2014 & rated 90 points: 1st pour(chill ),i didnt like the bubbles.rather coarse.decide to let it slightly warmer.gets much better.bubbles gets softer.revealing more rich fruits.gd intensity.showing elegance.wud like tis bttl to have more mineral support for the richness of fruits (1327 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 5/10/2014 & rated 91 points: A Randy Birthday (The Straits Wine Company @ UE Square): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, yellow gold colour, fine bubbles, medium effervescence.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of toast, biscuit, and citrus lemon. Developing.
On the palate, dry style, high acidity, medium alcohol, medium body, medium finish. Flavours of toast, biscuit and citrus lemon. Citrus fruit becomes a bit richer and slightly creamy with more air.
Very good quality. Will improve with further ageing. Easy drinking now. (1441 views)
 Tasted by Derek Darth Taster on 4/4/2014 & rated 91 points: Champer's Night (Old Airport Road): Appearance is clear, pale intensity, yellow gold colour, fine bubbles, medium effervescence.
Nose is clean, medium+ intensity, with aromas of toast, biscuit, and citrus lemon.
On the palate, dry style, high acidity, medium body, medium finish. Flavours of toast, biscuit and citrus lemon continue. Elegant and understated.
50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay. (1396 views)
 Tasted by hankrophelia on 3/7/2014 & rated 94 points: Delicious. Deep blonde lager colour with fine bubbles that lasted forever. Candied lemon and yeasty brioche on the nose. Very aromatic and pleasant. Rich and creamy on the palate, with well balanced acidity. Finish was long. Highly recommend. (1229 views)
 Tasted by D Brown on 2/23/2014 & rated 89 points: Only 9 months since the last bottle, but much less focused. A woody musty note that suggests, while not obviously flawed, this may not have been a keeper. Still GV from the cellar door. (500 views)
 Tasted by odds on 1/19/2014 & rated 95 points: The team requested, and I was too weak to say no... what a wonderful champagne. Consistent with all my previous notes, on the dry side, long finish, ref. point champagne. For the rest of the details, please refer to the notes from 2012 and 2013. :-)

Planning to make an effort to save a bottle for 2022. Best route would be to send it to storage, or else I'd be tempted again :-)

(after all, we did open four bottles in a year) (927 views)
 Tasted by odds on 12/13/2013 & rated 95 points: Third time testing this year... Even better.
Had it with FT friends at pdh. A great starter for the evening and won over the '99 vranken.
I've been considering this one as 95 pts for a while and now it's to update the score. Best classic all around champagne on the 'dry' side. See previous notes regarding color taste and finish. Splendid, stable, supurb, a wow champagne. No wonder I use it as my reference point's champagne.
Note: I am not sure about the reason previous users said enjoy only through 2018. It will last longer. You know what? I'd (do my best to) put aside one of the three I have left through 2022. Assuming good health, I'd be happy to prove them wrong :-)

Edited (Jan-26-2014): This one won the Champ of the year 2013 in our 'rating'. It was also WOTY (all over) for at least one rater. (957 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/20/2013 & rated 92 points: From magnum - light medium yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; yeasty, poised, tart apple nose; tasty, poised, yeasty, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points (635 views)
 Tasted by Weston3220 on 8/12/2013: Fresh yet deep richness coming from the extended lees, delicious well worth buying and storing away (1582 views)
 Tasted by odds on 6/2/2013 & rated 94 points: This is the second time I tasted it in two weeks, and the third bottle I had (two were from my cellar). The color is goldish yellow, more on the bright gold side. Dry and you can smell the oak and fruits in first touch. Very nice bubbles with long finish, staying for a long period (15+min, and still stable and consistent flow). I enjoy the taste of the Oak (light in the background) and fair disclosure- natural weakness to the pierre paillard product. Bottom line: I ordered few more bottles. Actually, the few more is almost a case (they had 10 left with one of the places, so I just took them) (1340 views)
 Tasted by odds on 5/20/2013 & rated 94 points: Yello-gold color and small, consistent bubbles. Well stable taste throughout the tasting. We had the bottle brought to a wine tasting, and the owner of the place also had the pleasure of tasting it. I agree with the previous tasting note, indeed " Clean nose of hay, biscuit, citrus - complex and evolved." I do think it can even mature abit more in the cellar, so I'd keep the last bottle for next year for additional testing... Medium to full bodied, and great companion to a fresh cheese platter (best), or light grilled veggies.
Fair disclosure- I always had a small 'weakness' to Pierre Paillard. I think it is one of the best small champagne wineyards out there. In relation to the 2004 Brut, I think the 2002 is more on the 'dry' side, and I personally find the bubbles to be more stable/last longer on the 2002. (1286 views)
 Tasted by biggie on 10/25/2012 & rated 90 points: Light gold in colour with small and persistent bubbles - mousse settled quickly to a fine rim. Clean nose of hay, biscuit, citrus - complex and evolved. Dry with biscuit and citrus flavours along with some mushroom - fully mature. Not fully knitted (just seems a touch disjointed) yet but delicious. Rather more full bodied than I expected - it does have weight on the palate. The finish is medium in length with the palate flavours continuing and a hit of cleansing acidity to clean things up at the end. (1608 views)
 Tasted by alr6767 on 10/6/2012 & rated 90 points: Medium-light yellow, medium effervescence. Delicious nose of dough, sweet ripe fruit. More sweet ripe fruit, some pop rock like chemical sweet/tart. Finish medium-long, very pleasing. (1521 views)
 Tasted by Ludi on 7/24/2012 & rated 90 points: Paglierino dorato, perlage fine, abbastanza abbondante, persistente. Al naso tiglio, albicocca, nespola, note leggermente ossidative e vinose. Bocca rigorosa, quasi austera, lungo il finale che evoca il cedro (1151 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/12/2012: Mother's Day Weekend Champagnes (San Francisco): Medium yellow. Frothy. Strawberries on both the nose and palate. Medium weight, good length, nice tartness on the finish. Very, very good. (1962 views)
 Tasted by grayfont on 5/15/2011: Celebrating a new name for Chain Bridge Cellars! (Chain Bridge Cellars, McLean, VA): absolutely delightful. fresh and full around the mouth; very expressive and a beautiful way to start a tasting. (2066 views)
 Tasted by Telegreg on 11/22/2009 & rated 88 points: Good, nice yellow colour, beautiful sparkling from the bottom of the glass, (1665 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, April 2015, Issue #19, Champagne Tasting Notes
(Pierre Paillard Millésime) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013
(Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Millésime (Bouzy) Disgorged September 2012) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165
(Pierre Paillard Bouzy Grand Cru Millesime Brut) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
(Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Millésime (Bouzy)) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Peter Liem
(Pierre Paillard Brut Grand Cru) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/20/2013)
(Pierre Paillard Champagne Brut Millésimé Grand Cru) From magnum - light medium yellow color with abundant, steady, tiny bubbles; yeasty, poised, tart apple nose; tasty, poised, yeasty, tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 92+ points  92 points
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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.

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