White - Sparkling

1999 Bruno Paillard Champagne Nec Plus Ultra

Champagne Blend

  • France
  • Champagne
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  • RockinCabs wrote: 96 points

    October 21, 2018 - Beautifully crafted pinot/chard blend from top Grand Cru vineyards that has body, depth and nuance in creamy apple, peach, nectarine, floral, jasmine, brioche and almond notes. Fills the mouth with pleasing rounded fruit, and breaks it up with nervy acidity, mineral and toast notes.

    What a stunning wine. There is not much to add to the other superlatives that have been bestowed upon this vintage special cuvee. Popped to celebrate my brother's engagement.

  • emzee.mc wrote: 95 points

    June 2, 2018 - Pours a medium golden color with medium legs. Bubbles, fine beads actually, still imminent despite the age. Nose definitely benefited from the hour of aeration in the decanter. With air, the power of the bouquet is unfurled. The juice (50% PN, 50% C) boasts plenty of sugarcane, honeyed nuts, white jasmine flowers, lemon curd, vanilla, and even a touch of oak. It definitely is on the ripe end of the spectrum. That said, the body is voluptuous and even shows a bit of fat. This profile is soon balanced out by the screeching minerals and acids, which, although angular, provides much definition and cut to the champagne. Flavors of lemon curd, musk, grapefruit peel, mint, eucalyptus and anise line the core. Finish is lengthy, smoky and ruminative. The racy minerals are there, interspersed by the streaky acids that are left behind. Incredible tension in the juice. Extremely delicious and bursting with power. But damn, it is still young and needs more time to truly unravel that generosity behind the angular veil now.

  • forceberry wrote: 95 points

    November 27, 2017 - The top cuvée of Bruno Paillard and only the 4th vintage ever of this wine. The fruit is sourced from 4 Grand Cru villages and the base wine (50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir) is fermented and aged for 10 months in oak barriques. Bottled in June 2000 and aged in bottles for almost 12 years before being disgorged in January 2012. Dosage 4 g/l, 12% alcohol. Bottle # 1912 of total 11508 bottles. Served blind.

    Medium-deep honey-yellow color. Toasty and obviously somewhat aged nose with brooding aromas of browned butter, some bruised apple, a little bit of sweet toasty smoke, a hint of caramel and a touch of peanut butter. The nose is obviously much more about autolytic and tertiary aromas than about fruit. Contrasting the big and somewhat sweet nose, the wine is surprisingly light, airy and dry on the palate with remarkably complex flavors of creaminess, lemon marmalade, coconut cream, some peanut butter, a little bit of peachy stone fruits, a hint of caramel and a touch of baked apple along with a piercing cut of steely minerality that contrasts the heavier, developed notes very nicely. The wine is quite mellow and gentle on the palate with medium-to-moderate acidity and very small, fine and soft yet rather persistent mousse. The finish is very long, lively and surprisingly fresh with layered, developed flavors of ripe apples, some caramel, a little bit of steely minerality, light vanilla character, a hint of bruised apple and an autolytic touch of sweet nut paste.

    A remarkably complex, rich and impressive Champagne that is obviously rather ripe and not particularly high in acidity - as befits for a Champagne from 1999 - yet the wine feels remarkably light and fresh on the palate. Although not the most stunning Champagne I've ever tasted, the wine is still pretty aptly titled ("There is Nothing Beyond") as it is quite an effort nevertheless. A superb, well-crafted and fascinating Champagne belonging to the top echelon of the wines of the region. I'm not sure if the wine is actually that well-suited for further cellaring, but I'd be happy if somebody proved me wrong. Not a cheap wine at 145€, but delivers for the price.

  • Rollerball wrote: 93 points

    April 21, 2017 - At a special little wine bar "Burgundy" in Shibuya, Tokyo, this bottle courtesy of the generous owner, a friend of our even more generous hosts. Sherried mandarine on the nose. Sophisticated, yeasty, just-overripe palate. Garbagy melon. Distant candied lemon and ceamy as a dessert. Easy effervescence. Memorable and ready to drink.

  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: 95 points

    May 24, 2016 - Wine Warehouse Pre Event 2016 Spring Tastings, from a magnum, tiny bubbles, great mousse, nose of yeast, lemon, mango, minerals, more of the same on the palate, medium body, elegant, complex, at it's peak, will easily last 12 years in magnum, rich tasting, mouth filling, long, lingering finish.

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    5/10/2016 (link)

    (Bruno Paillard, Npu Nec Plus Ultra Brut Champagne White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2015, Issue #60, A Little Holiday Champagne

    (Bruno Paillard “N. P. U.” Grand Cru Brut Millésime (Reims) Disgorged 2012) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Josh Raynolds
    Vintage Champagne (Dec 2014), 12/1/2014 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2014 (link)

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The Season’s New Releases (Nov 2014), 11/1/2014 (link)

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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report: Augmented This Year By a Week on The Ground in Champagne

    (Bruno Paillard “N.P.U” Bru) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Tamlyn Currin
    6/6/2013 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Bruno Paillard
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Nec Plus Ultra
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne

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  • In Cellars 122 (77%)
  • Consumed 37 (23%)

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