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The exceptional vintage: Bruno Paillard N.P.U. 2008

Nov 12, 2021 • 2 mins
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Champagne Bruno Paillard is unveiling its new N.P.U. 2008 champagne, an exceptional vintage in the same vein as its predecessors. The "Nec Plus Ultra" champagne is the happy result of Bruno Paillard’s desire to craft an exceptional wine: only 8 N.P.U. vintages have ever been produced. Each of the champagnes has its own distinctive trait and this 8th edition is described as having a profound temperament. So, let's talk about the wine…

The wine

N.P.U. 2008 is a blend of several Grands Crus: Oger, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Chouilly, Cramant, Verzenay, Mailly-Champagne and Bouzy. According to the rule established from the very first vintage, the N.P.U. champagne is crafted from an exclusive selection of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, blended in equal proportions. And as always at the Bruno Paillard Champagne House - which only produces "Extra-Brut" champagnes - the dosage is very low: N.P.U. 2008 is dosed at 3g/L.

The vinification

At Bruno Paillard, the first press of grapes (the purest) is selected for the vinification. But the particularly interesting thing about the N.P.U. champagne is its fermentation, which takes place in small old oak barrels, where the wines spend their first 10 months. During this phase, the crus develop the light oaky aromas that used to be found in the great Champagnes of the past. Thanks to the “breathing” of the barrel, the wine is soothed and smoothed.

The second fermentation takes place in the bottle and is followed by a long period spent ageing in the cool, dark cellars: over 10 years on the lees before disgorgement in April 2019, then another long rest of 2 years after disgorgement, which is exceptional for the Champagne region.

Tasting notes

Appearance: deep, bright golden hue with fine, glistening bubbles. The wine opens up slowly and steadily.

Nose: notes of very fresh red fruit (redcurrants/raspberries/blueberries/wild strawberries) mixed with stone fruit (cherry) and candied orange peel. Aromas of fresh ginger and peppermint come to the fore as the wine warms up.

Palate: the wine is fresh, precise, powerful and self-possessed on entry. The aromas found on the nose come through again on the palate.

Food pairings

This new N.P.U. - Nec Plus Ultra 2008 - will pair perfectly with meat (veal tartar or a quail with foie gras) as well as seafood (grilled scampi or a clam risotto with saffron).