Guys. GUYS. It is #CHAMPAGNESNOWDAY
I almost let this one go by. I have been holed up the entire day studying for my upcoming #wsetdiploma
Unit 4 Spirits exam and when the lighting wasn’t so great, I wasn’t done with my chapter, blah blah blah.. I was ready to throw in the towel. This is riding off another draft I have for you all in the bunker from LAST TUESDAY (yep..), for a champagne that I’m still trying to wrap my head around. Anyway, after a lot of encouragement this week, there was no effing way this day was going to slip by. (Thanks @michaelashine
😉) 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 And now back to our scheduled programming!
When I came back to Rhode Island, I decidedly committed much of my energy to differentiating our champagne selection with a mind blowing line up of stuff other 👏🏻 people 👏🏻 don’t 👏🏻 carry ... (sorry friends, but if you’re in retail there is no way this doesn’t resonate with you on some level). @pierre_paillard
was one of TWO of my must-have producers (the other I have shown sooo much love for -@laherteaurelien
I’m looking at you)... And I was met with a discouraging amount of “no’s”. 🤔 okay. So I have been nothing less than hoarding this stuff.
Today was a week of hurdles, no’s, obstacles. People have been shitty, the weather has been shitty. So here we are... The wines from Pierre Paillard, first and foremost, are quintessential expressions of Bouzy - my favorite Grand Cru in the Montagne de Reims. Bouzy’s vineyards are practically fully south-facing and are plush, ripe and full-bodied. Moreover, there is a bedrock of chalk with incredibly variable amounts of topsoil. So it is here, in the Montagne de Reims (where Pinot Noir is King) that at Pierre Paillard, Chardonnay is an integral component of the domaine’s style.
Les Terres Roses is 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. The wine is heady, intense, vinous. It’s loaded with fresh blood orange, lingonberry and crushed strawberry that’s balanced by smoke and rose petal as well a savory abundance of doughy brioche, button mushroom and wet bark. It’s wonderfully structured and chalky, but with a dense and textured body.
Cheers and thanks for reading!