Bruno Paillard NPU Nec Plus Ultra Brut 2003

SKU : W39488

RP 96   WE 95   WS 93  

Size : 750 ml

Type : Sparkling

Producer : Bruno Paillard

Tags: Champagne, France, White Wine


Description

96 Points Wine Advocate - The newly released 2003 NPU Nec Plus Ultra is only the fifth edition since 1990. The ambitious prestige cuvee from Bruno Paillard is only produced in great vintages (so far 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2003), and only from grand cru villages grapes; the ratio is always 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first fermentation of the must (only the tete de cuvee is used, but that's how it is in all the other BP cuvees) takes place in small oak barrels, where the wine spends ten months. No less than ten years have to pass by until the wine is disgorged as Extra Brut (there is three grams of dosage) and kept in the cellar for another year. This 2003 was disgorged in March 2015. Total production is 4,200 bottles. The wine has an intense yellow-golden color. It is very intense, rich and complex on the beautifully matured nose, where a bouquet of yellow and dried fruit aromas, along with Turkish honey, pistachio, almonds and torrone is displayed. Pure, fresh and mineral on the palate, this 2003 has lots of energy and finesse, is full of tension and develops a very persistent length. A fascinating, atypical 2003 vintage Champagne from that extremely dry and hot year.

95 Points
Wine Enthusiast - One of the relative handful of vintage Champagnes from the hot 2003 growing season, this wine is rich while also well structured. After 13 years, it is showing touches of toast and its color has deepened to light gold. Generous while also in the dry style of the producer, this great wine is ready to drink now.

93 Points Wine Spectator - Rich and ripe on the nose, with golden raisin and candied kumquat notes. Lively acidity and a streak of salinity drive the flavors of toast, crème de cassis, marzipan and crystalized honey across the creamy palate. Finely balanced, with a lasting, satiny finish. Disgorged March 2015. Best after 2023.
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96 Points Wine Advocate - The newly released 2003 NPU Nec Plus Ultra is only the fifth edition since 1990. The ambitious prestige cuvee from Bruno Paillard is only produced in great vintages (so far 1990, 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2003), and only from grand cru villages grapes; the ratio is always 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The first fermentation of the must (only the tete de cuvee is used, but that's how it is in all the other BP cuvees) takes place in small oak barrels, where the wine spends ten months. No less than ten years have to pass by until the wine is disgorged as Extra Brut (there is three grams of dosage) and kept in the cellar for another year. This 2003 was disgorged in March 2015. Total production is 4,200 bottles. The wine has an intense yellow-golden color. It is very intense, rich and complex on the beautifully matured nose, where a bouquet of yellow and dried fruit aromas, along with Turkish honey, pistachio, almonds and torrone is displayed. Pure, fresh and mineral on the palate, this 2003 has lots of energy and finesse, is full of tension and develops a very persistent length. A fascinating, atypical 2003 vintage Champagne from that extremely dry and hot year.

95 Points
Wine Enthusiast - One of the relative handful of vintage Champagnes from the hot 2003 growing season, this wine is rich while also well structured. After 13 years, it is showing touches of toast and its color has deepened to light gold. Generous while also in the dry style of the producer, this great wine is ready to drink now.

93 Points Wine Spectator - Rich and ripe on the nose, with golden raisin and candied kumquat notes. Lively acidity and a streak of salinity drive the flavors of toast, crème de cassis, marzipan and crystalized honey across the creamy palate. Finely balanced, with a lasting, satiny finish. Disgorged March 2015. Best after 2023.

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