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Bruno Paillard N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 2004

Vintage
2004
Country
France
Region
Champagne
Size
0.75L
Type
Champagne
Alcohol
12%
Dosage
Extra Brut
Method
Traditional Method
Blend
Champagne Blend
Ratings
WS95
HK$2,538
SKU:
C-BP-005-QT-204
Description

Producer Notes

Of the 320 villages in Champagne, only 17 are entitled to the appellation "Grand Cru": the grapes selected to create the cuvée N.P.U. - "Nec Plus Ultra" 2004 come exclusively from six of them: Oger; Le Mesnil-sur-Oger; Chouilly; Verzenay; Mailly; and Bouzy, split equally between Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 

Winemaking

Vinification was carried out, as always with BRUNO PAILLARD, using exclusively the first pressing, the purest. But an essential feature of N.P.U.- "Nec Plus Ultra" is that fermentation takes place in small oak barrels in which the wines spend their first 10 months. During this period, each cru develops its complexity and acquires the slightly woody aromas so particular to the great Champagnes of yesteryear. The oak barrel allows the wine to gently breathe and harmonise during ageing. In the summer following the harvest in July 2005, after 10 months maturing in barrels, the 26 barrels were re-blended, giving 7,119 bottles and 310 magnums.

The second fermentation took place in the bottle, and a long maturation began in the darkness of the Maison’s cool cellars, at a constant temperature of 10.5°C. One of the essential points concerning N.P.U. is the exceptional length of maturation on lees. These bottles remained in the cellar for 12 years, before disgorgement in September 2017, and then for a further period of rest of two years after its disgorgement. This is absolutely unique in Champagne. As always at BRUNO PAILLARD, the dosage is very low. In the case of N.P.U. - "Nec Plus Ultra", it is reduced to the strict minimum of 3g/l, practically imperceptible. It is therefore an "Extra-Brut". Each bottle is numbered and bears the date of disgorgement; this has been the case at the Maison since 1983.

Producer Tasting Notes

Appearance: very strong yellow gold, intense and brilliant. Effervescence is measured, very fine and slowly rising.

Nose: Initially, very ripe, wild strawberries. A wide range of aromas, from acacia honey and candied pineapple to fresh notes of kumquats and jasmine. As the wine opens up, the sweetness of the lime blossom and the spicy intensity of cedar wood are revealed. The most patient tasters will see the evolution of the nose towards blackberry and blackcurrant, even the Calisson sweet from Aix en Provence and notes of licorice.

Palate: an immediate velvety hit, which blends intense flavour with creamy texture. One can quickly see the perfect maturity of 2004, and yet the vivacity of the wine is very obvious. Generous flavours of candied apricots, lightly toasted gingerbread ... After this first explosion, the saline base of the wine is revealed in the middle of the palate. A balsamic and mint finish, true to the signature of N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra!

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