Pierre Paillard, Les Mottelettes, Bouzy, Grand Cru, Vieille Vigne Chardonnay, Extra Brut 2018

  • Received in Original Carton
  • Disgorged January 2023
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Barrel fermented, aged on the lees for 48 months


OUR BEST SELLING Top "Grower's" Champagne from the probably the best village name in all of wine, Bouzy.

If "Paillard" sound familiar, you might recognize his cousin, Bruno Paillard (négociant). But their production is completely separate, and unlike Bruno, all estate-grown. And what an estate they have - 28 acres exclusively in the Montagne de Reims Grand Cru top village of Bouzy. There they exclusively cultivate their own selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - they do not have a single clone on the estate. Although labeled as extra-brut, and dosed quite low at 1.8g/l, this is still a rich wine from ripe, south-facing parcels in the Grand Cru of Bouzy. This wine is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay with about 1/3 reserve wines. This wine has such power and presence it deserves a great pairing like lobster, but also has the elegance to enjoy as an aperitif.

Cuvée Les Mottelettes

Chardonnay is somewhat rare on the Montagne de Reims, but the Paillards devote 30% of their vineyards to this varietal, planted specifically in the sites with almost no clay topsoil allowing the roots of the vines to plunge directly into the porous chalky limestone bedrock. Planted in 1960, a rare Blanc de Blancs single-vineyard cuvée has been produced from these vines since 2007. In a unique expression of Bouzy terroir, the wine displays aromas of tangy citrus enhanced with exotic notes of pineapple, passion fruit and jasmine displaying the subtle tension between fruit and minerals.

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