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Bill Hooper


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Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:46 am


McMinnville, OR

TN: Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV

by Bill Hooper » Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:31 pm

This is a favorite Champagne house of mine, although it's not easy to find. Paillard keeps dosage to a bare minimum to produce more natural "terroir-driven" wines, and I like the style very much. Everything is more finely-tuned, elegant and graceful. The wine opens up with lemon and pear, almond, wheat and sourdough breadyness. There is a little sea-spray and wet rock mineral. The bubbles are rich, frothy and seductive, not pin-point and precise, but lively enough for a lengthy, mouthwatering finish. The other upside to these wines is that there is a disgorgement date printed on the back. There's nothing worse than ten year-old NV Champagne. 12% vol. $49


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