Pierre Paillard is a small grower‐producer located in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Since Antoine Paillard bought vineyards there in 1768, the family has been cultivating vines in Bouzy ever since. Today, the brothers Antoine and Quentin Paillard represent the eighth generation in the family and the fourth generation to produce, and bottle the wines under their family name.
Paillard’s vineyards are divided into 28 parcels comprising 11 hectares in total, all in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Despite Bouzy’s identity as a pinot noir village, chardonnay accounts for 40% of the Paillard holdings. Quentin and Antoine’s grandfather had already planted a high proportion of chardonnay, so they continue with Chardonnay which “brings freshness and liveliness to our wines.” The average age of the estate’s vineyards is 30 years, with older parcels dating from 1956.
For the Paillards, viticulture is their main focus, so they take a non certified organic farming approach. They haven’t used fertilizers or pesticides for the past 20 years, and all parcels have been planted with cover crops for the last ten to fifteen years.
For the vinification, each plot is harvested and vinified separately in stainless steel vats. Fermentation is carried out at lower temperatures to retain the aromatics and the wines are kept in tank on their fine lees until the spring. Then starts a long process of tasting and blending. This is a unique moment shared only by the winemakers of the House (Benoît, Antoine and Quentin). Each plot is tasted, marked and commented upon until each person has a perfect feel for the profile of the year. Tests and blind tastings continue until the final choice: The creation of each cuvée. In June they are put into bottle for the second fermentation and kept in their 19th century cellars for a minimum of 3 years and as much as 10 years before being disgorged.
Les Parcelles XIII Bouzy Grand Cru
VARIETAL: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
VINTAGE: Based upon 2013 (80%), and supplemented by 2012 (14%), and 2004 (6%). 2013 was one of the latest harvests since 1988. This was caused by late and extended flowering into July. Good weather followed and provided optimal maturation conditions right up to harvest. Wines were full of tension, grip, and character, and are ideal for aging.
DOSAGE: 2 g/L Extra Brut
VINEYARD: Les Parcelles is a rare expression of a single cru village(Bouzy). Crafted primarily in 2013 from the family's selectional massale and Pinot Noir Fin (the original clone from which Pinot Noir descended). Les Parcelles is a blend of 22 plots farmed sustainably on hard chalk bedrock with clay topsoil. The average age of the vines is 25 years, and are all planted on south-facing slopes.
Les Terres Rosés XIV Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut
VARIETAL: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir. Based upon the 2014 vintage; remaining percentage reserve wine
DOSAGE: 3 g/L Extra Brut
VINEYARD: Les Terres Roses is of 4 south-facing parcels in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Average vine age is 30 years. Les Terres Roses is a rare expression of a single cru village (Bouzy). All replanting is done using sélection massale from two specific parcels depending on the grape variety: Les Maillerettes for pinot noir and Les Mottelettes for chardonnay. All the parcels are comprised of thick clay over chalk subsoils.
Les Maillerettes Bouzy Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
DOSAGE: 2.6 g/L Extra Brut
VINEYARD: Les Maillerettes is a 0.32 hectare (0.8 acre) vineyard planted by Antoine and Quentin's grandfather in in 1970. The old vines from the vineyard are used for replanting Pinot Noir on the family's parcels by way of sélection massale.. The soil type is that of thick clay over chalk subsoils.
Les Mignottes Bouzy Rouge
VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
VINEYARD: from a single vineyard called “Les Mignottes”, a 50 year-old vineyard located in the heart of Bouzy. Vines are planted on the hillside and have an excellent exposure, getting enough heat and light for the season. Pinot Noir achieves optimal maturity here and the Pinot Noir is expressed with elegance and finesse.
VINIFICATION: The grapes are picked at perfect maturation from the single vineyard of “Les Mignottes”. They are attentively sorted for quality then carefully pressed. The vines are an average age of 45 years. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in a stainless steel vat. Once finished, the wine is pumped in barrels to undergo its malolactic fermentation. This Bouzy Rouge has spent 18 months in oak barrels before bottling.
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