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2003 BRUNO PAILLARD CHAMPAGNE BRUT N.P.U. NEC PLUS ULTRA 750ML
2003 BRUNO PAILLARD CHAMPAGNE BRUT N.P.U. NEC PLUS ULTRA 750ML
 
Bottle Price $178.99
Year 2003
Size 750ML
Color Sparkling
Country France

Product Code: 3103739
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RATINGS: 94pts Vinous; 93pts Wine Spectator

Bruno Paillard was born in Reims in 1953. His lineage of brokers and growers in the two Grands Crus villages of Bouzy and Verzenay dates back to 1704. Following in the family's foot steps, he starts working as a broker in 1975 acquiring a deep and extensive knowledgeof Champagne. But after 6 years, he is taken by the overwhelming desire to create a different Champagne: one that would go beyond what existed in terms of purity and elegance. We are in January 1981, Bruno Paillard is 27 years old, and with nothing but his will no vineyards, no money he sells his old Jaguar that had become a collector item to provide his company with a starting capital of 50 000 francs (15 000 Euros). Madness! Nonsense! In a region that hasn't seen a new house in nearly a century, the mood is rather conservative. But nothing can stop the dream of this pioneer of Champagne. Bruno Paillard creates his Champagnes in a rented cellar with carefully selected grapes from independent growers.

After 3 years of working like an alchemist, improving his know how, he finally reaches the style of his dreams. In 1984, Bruno Paillard invents the first totally "ground level" cellar. This brand new concept allows an extremely strict control of temperatures, lighting and humidity. And soon, the very personal style of his wines seduces. Bruno Paillard Champagnes are first recognized by the English Press as some of the best wines of the region.

In 1988, the famous critic Hugh Johnson defines the house as "A Small but Prestigious Young ChampagneHouse With Excellent Silky Vintages and Non Vintages!" In 1990, Bruno Paillard draws the current winery with his architect Jacques Blehaut: a state of the art structure with stainless steel, glass and wood symbolizing the 3 noble vessels of Champagne. Revolutionary, this new cellar combines the traditional know how with the newest qualitative techniques. In 1994, Bruno Paillard purchases his first vineyard: 3 hectares in Oger, a beautiful Grand Cru of the Cote des Blancs. Now, the vineyards of the house cover 32 hectares half of the production needs including 12 hectares of Grand Crus : Oger, Le Mesnil, Bouzy,Verzenay. The remaining half are today still purchased to the same independent growers families since the early 80's.

In January 2007 his daughter Alice, one of four children, decided to join and continue the BP family adventure. Starting in the vineyards and then in the cellar for the first year, following with export development, Alice is now a shareholder and co manages the House withher father. Today Bruno Paillard Champagne produces 4 to 500 000 bottles a year and export 75% of this wines through 40 different countries mostly to Europe, Asia and Northern America. Wherever they are represented, the Champagnes of Bruno Paillard are exclusively sold through traditional outlets such as restaurants and fine wine stores. This selective distribution is a guarantee of quality for the client thanks to the good care of sommeliers and fine wine merchants.

TASTING NOTES: Wine Spectator 93 points- Rich and ripe, with golden raisin and candied kumquat notes. Lively acidity drives the flavors of toast, creme de cassis, marzipan and crystalized honey. Disgorged March 2015. Best after 2013. A.N..August/2016

Vinous 94 points -The 2003 Extra Brut N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra, Bruno Paillard's flagship, is a striking, expressive wine. Rich, ample and inviting, the 2003 possesses exceptional depth from start to finish. Orchard fruit, pastry, orange peel and lightly honeyed notes give the 2003 its rich, open knit personality, but at the same time, the 2003 is fresh, vibrant and very nicely done. The 2003 is a distinctly creamy, vinous Champagne from Bruno Paillard. It is also a terrific example of the best the year had to offer. The 2003 is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot, but it is the Pinot that is most clearly felt in the wine's volume and overall feel..Antonio Galloni, August/2016
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