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Bruno Paillard Champagne NPU Nec Plus Ultra
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Bruno Paillard Champagne N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 1996
BOTTLE SIZE: 750ml
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Notes on the Bruno Paillard Champagne N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 750ML 1996

Tasting Notes The tasting of such a wine can be a truly great moment. The bottle should be slightly refreshed, at around 10°C, certainly not ice-chilled. The wine can be enjoyed on its own, or with food (excluding desserts).This N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra 1996 required more than 15 years of dedication to reach an outstanding result: it deserves a little bit of time to open in the glass, and express its potential.First admire the beauty of its bright deep gold colour and tiny bubbles. Close your eyes and listen to its little music. Then smell its multiple and complex aromas which slowly show through. Only after this moment, taste a little drop and let time stand still…

Wine Maker Notes Nec Plus Ultra, a latin phrase which literally means « There is nothing beyond »... Ahighly ambitious statement which describes precisely what this wine is : a uniqueChampagne for which the most demanding choices were made at each stage of itsproduction, regardless of their costs. From this crazy dream was born « N.P.U . - Nec PlusUltra ».Only in truly great vintages....First, an exceptional vintage is needed: after improving our « savoir faire » during the80’s, the first ever N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra, a 1990 vintage, was released in 2002. We didnot select 1991, 1992, 1993 or 1994 : all « good » but not « great » vintages. But wereleased a 1995 N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra. Here comes the third N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra everproduced: the legendary 1996 vintage.In 1996 the grapes combined a high maturity with an exceptionally rich acidity: a rareand ideal combination to create a great wine displaying power and freshness - if giventhe time to mature properly.Exclusively from ”Grands Crus” grapes...Out of the 320 villages in the Champagne Appellation, only 17 are rated « Grands Crus » :grapes from 4 of these were selected to create N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra 1996: Bouzy,Verzenay, Oger, Le Mesnil sur Oger. Not only were they born of a great vintage, thegrapes are also from the noblest origin.In small wooden barrels....As always at Maison Bruno Paillard, only the first pressing - the purest - was retained.But an essential characteristic of the N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra is that the first fermentationwas conducted in small wooden barriques where the wines spent their first 9 months.During this period each « Cru » developed its own personality while acquiring theseslightly woody aromas which were used to be found in yesterday’s wines. The followingsummer, in July 1997, we selected and blended the best 22 barriques (11 of chardonnay,11 of pinot noir) of which we obtained 6 523 bottles.More than fifteen years for a Chef d’Oeuvre...Each bottle was then left to ferment and mature on its lees, for a long period of 12 years,before « disgorgement » in the shade of our cool cellars. As always at Bruno Paillard, the« Dosage » is very low. For the N.P.U. – Nec Plus Ultra cuvee it is even reduced to a strictminimum, hardly perceptible. The bottles were then returned to the cellar for 2 yearsand a half of further ageing before their launch on the market. All together, the creationof this exceptional Champagne required 15 years, a unique example in the world ofhuman creations, not just in the wine world... 15 years for a Chef d’Oeuvre…Close your eyes...The tasting of such a wine can be a truly great moment. The bottle should be slightlyrefreshed, at around 10°C, certainly not ice-chilled. The wine can be enjoyed on its own,or with food (excluding desserts).This N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra 1996 required more than 15 years of dedication to reach anoutstanding result: it deserves a little bit of time to open in the glass, and express itspotential.First admire the beauty of its bright deep gold colour and tiny bubbles. Close your eyesand listen to its little music. Then smell its multiple and complex aromas which slowlyshow through. Only after this moment, taste a little drop and let time stand still…

Technical Notes (50% Chardonnay/50% Pinot Noir). Made only in exceptional vintages, the grapes selected for N.P.U. (Nec Plus Ultra) are hand-picked from five Grand Cru villages rated 100% on the echelle de cru: Cramant, Chouilly, Mesnil-sur-Oger, Verzenay and Bouzy. The essential difference between N.P.U. and Bruno’s other wines, is that the individual crus are fermented in small oak barrels and aged for an additional nine months. The best 22 barriques (11 of Chardonnay, 11 of Pinot Noir) were then selected and blended, and the wine was left to mature on it lees for 12 years. After three years of aging in bottle, the wine was released 15 years after harvest. Aging in oak lends a complexity and slightly oaky hint that connoisseurs will recognize as the hallmark of the great Champagnes of the past.

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