Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
Alc. 12 %
Bruno Paillard started producing Champagne in a rented cellar, sourcing grapes carefully. Today, the Champagne house prides themselves on not only the quality of their Champagnes, but the dedication to aging. The minimum aging required for a non-vintage champagne is 12 months prior to disgorgement. The Paillard Première Cuvée wines spend up to three years before disgorgement, with an additional 5-18 months of additional bottle aging afterwards.
Wine Spectator recently rated the Première Cuvée Rosé 90 points, "An elegant rosé, with a smoke-tinged underpinning and a lively, satin like mousse carrying flavors of ripe raspberry, toast and pickled ginger." Every year may not have a 'vintage' bottling. To create the non-vintage, the wine is blended with other years, creating a consistent 'house style' indicative of that producer. Non-vintage Champagne is intended to be consumed soon after release, and not meant to be aged. Chill to 8C and enjoy within the next year.
Soft, dusty pink hue. Bubbles are fine and elegant, yet persistent.
Wild strawberry and underripe cherries aromas are full, and billow out of your glass. There is a light dusty and smoky-toasted note on the nose, partnered with dried florals.
The bubbles provide a light, airy mousse, delicate on the tongue. A more complex representation of red berries, from raspberry and cherry, to more tart cranberry and currant. There is a layer of sweet citrus, like candied pink grapefruit peel, which is balanced by lingering toast and light minerality. Although pretty, this is a serious wine, medium bodied and pronounced in its flavours.
Champagne - especially rosé is incredibly versatile! As an appertif, smoked salmon canapès, duck liver mousse are perfect matches. With dessert, try strawberry-rhubarb crumble.
Finger Lakes, New York
Retail: $29.99 Club: $22.49