Pierre Paillard MV "Les Terres Roses XVII" Rosé Extra Brut, Bouzy Grand Cru Champagne, France
Pierre Paillard is a small grower‐producer of Champagnes located in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy. Since Antoine Paillard bought vineyards there in 1768, the Paillard family has been cultivating vines in this prestigious village, and today, 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. Les Terres Roses is crafted primarily with Chardonnay and a small percentage of “Bouzy Rouge”, a still red wine made from old vine Pinot Noir.
Winemakers: Antoine & Quentin Paillard
Grape varieties: 65% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 5% Bouzy Rouge
Terroir: The Paillard estate covers 11 hectares, all planted entirely in the Grand Cru of Bouzy. Unlike most others in this village, the Paillard vineyards are planted with 40% Chardonnay. They farm as organic as Mother Nature allows and never use herbicides in their vineyards. They firmly believe that the greatest wines are made in the vineyard and rigorous work is done here to ensure grapes that have the maximum ripeness possible, while maintain good balance and acidity. These south-facing vinyrds are hard chalk bedrock with clay topsoil.
Dosage: 3.5 grams per liter (Extra-Brut)
Vinification: Les Terres Roses benefits from extended aging “sur lie”: 3.5 years in 19th century cellars, at a depth of 53 feet and at a constant 50°F temperature. Fermentation is done in stainless steel followed by one year ageing in oak and stainless steel prior to bottling.