Les Mottelettes Bouzy Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs 2016

Pierre Paillard Vintage 2016 Bottle Sizes 750ml Country France Region Champagne Appellation Champagne (Montagne de Reims) Wine Type Sparkling Varietals Chardonnay Farming Sustainable Vineyard 0.61 hectare vineyard planted by Antoine and Quentin's grandfather in 1961, 1969, and again in 2012. The old vines from the vineyard are used for replanting chardonnay on the family's parcels by way of sélection massale. Known by the Paillard's as "the mother plot of our own vineyards, expresses the quintessence of Chardonnay." Soil Clay over chalk subsoil. Top soil is not as thick as other vineyards, approximately 30 centimeters. Viticulture Vineyards are farmed using organic methods since 2011. For the 20 years proceeding 2011, sustainable practices were used to gain a balance of soils; no fertilizers for over 15 years, natural grass covering between rows, two years to regain soil before replanting any vines. Yields are controlled. Vinification **Antoine is beginning to experiment with cement egg fermentation. We tasted the "Vin Clair" out of egg and the wine showed great purity, minerality and exuberance.** Les Mottelettes was vinified in stainless steel using only the first press and the heart of the cuvée. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, the wine was kept on its lees for eight months until bottled. The champagne is aged in the cave 16 meters below ground at a constant 10°C. The combination of a second slow fermentation (2 months) and 5 years of sur lies ageing crafts a wine of balance and finesse. Aging Aged for 60 months sur lattes. Bottled extra-brut with 1.8 grams per liter of dosage. Production 4,000 bottles Notes Les Mottelettes is a rare and unique expression of Chardonnay grown in Bouzy. A terroir that is traditionally given voice through Pinot Noir. The bouquet delicately expresses aromas of citrus and dried lemon peel. The palate is intense, creamy and voluptuous. Lemon opens into pineapple and passion fruit then transitions to white peach and jasmine while wrapped around a core of pure minerality. The finish carries on to great length and showcases the wine's structured elegance. Back to Current Releases