Pierre Paillard Les Mottelettes Grand Cru Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs 2012
This is 100% Chardonnay from a single vineyard planted in 1961 with a layer of solid chalk a few inches under the surface. The dosage here is under 2gl yet the wine sports plenty of citrus and white peach fruit edged in toasty dough (croissant?), salinity, and minerality. Very fine bubbles, this isn’t necessarily ‘big’ but very cohesive and long on the plate. Elegant but insistent, this has layers and intensity but also surprising harmony and refinement. Given the performance, we dare say this paor of single parcel efforts are a bargain for something that could definitely run with ‘bigger dogs’. We loved both this and the Noir and they are well priced for a ‘hot’ vintage.
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