Bruno Paillard Brut Millésime Assemblage 1996

Cuvee: Vintage
Vintage: 1996
Bruno Paillard's Assemblage was produced exclusively from the first pressing – the purest – of a selection of grapes from 4 Grands et 1er crus of the Montagne de Reims (Mailly, Mareuil sur Aÿ, Rilly et Villers Marmery). This unique blending of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir expresses perfectly the character of the vintage. With a shiny deep gold hue, this wine has also very fine and delicate bubbles. Weather conditions in 1996 start with a dry and mild winter, followed by some frost in February. The budding takes place mid-April when temperatures rise strongly. This momentum is stopped in May by a cold temperature but no rain. A warm beginnning of June with a lot of sunlight helps the flowering which happens between the 16th and the 19th. After a lukewarm summer, the first grapes are harvested September 14th and for the last ones October 1st. This year, the sugar contents rises very quickly while the fruit retains an exceptionally high level of acidity. With well chosen harvest dates, the balance between strength and acidity is at a very high level. Altogether these conditions are here to elaborate a exceptional vintage. Bottled in limited quantity, it is offered in bottles ( 48.050 bottles) and also in magnums (1.428 magnums).

The blend
52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir.

Tasting notes
Eye:

Nose: The rich scent of the 1996 vintage expresses aromas of ginger bread followed by tones of toasted brioche as well as candied fruit

Mouth: The palate is full yet fresh: the notes of candied fruit turn into complex aromas of citrus at the end
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