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  • Producer ranking ?

    13
  • Decanting time

    No
  • When to drink

    2020-2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

The Bruno Paillard N.P.U.- « Nec Plus Ultra » was born from the idea to create the greatest possible Champagne wine, whatever the constraints. To do this, the most extreme choices have been made at each step of the production of this outstanding Champagne wine.
This foolish dream gave birth to the N.P.U.-“Nec Plus Ultra”.

Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50%  Pinot Noir

Classification: Grand Cru

Dosage: Extra Brut <6 g/L

Only in truly great vintages….
First, an exceptional vintage is needed: after improving our “savoir faire” during the 80’s, the first ever N.P.U – Nec Plus Ultra, a 1990 vintage, was released in 2002. Four follow, each of different temperaments: the generous 1995; the eccentric 1996; and the 1999, maybe the most classic, and 2003.

 

   
   
   

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Vintage 1990

Originally hailed as the best of the 1988/1989/1990 trilogy, the wines have developed quicker than anticipated with premature oxidation having crept in early on. Thus, I have downgraded my rating from five stars to four stars. There was frost damage in April but the vintage was made by the long, hot and dry summer. Rains in the latter half of August somewhat elevated the rot occurrences. Picking began during the second week of September and the crop was the third largest at the time (11,963 kg/ha) and the wines had excellent alcohol and acidity levels. The ripest vintage since 1959 is showcased by the depth and finesse of the Champagnes. The cuvées still drinking impeccably include the whole range of Dom Pérignon (Rosé, P2, Rosé, Rosé P2), Philipponnat Clos des Goisses and Louis Roederer Cristal..

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

color

Medium

flavors

Bread and Mineral

nose

Intense

recommend

Yes

taste

Concentrated and Well-structured

Written Notes

Bruno Paillard N.P.U 1990 / Early on, good old Bruno decided to make a prestige Champagne in which no efforts would be spared to achieve the finest quality: only wine from the seven grand cru villagesaging in oak barrels from Bordeaux for nine months; the first pressing only and at least eight years in the bottle, together with the sediment, before disgorging. This was the recipe that would give this newly house a seat in the front row. The wine is super-concentrated and impressively rich, with aromas that carry one to the house in Aÿ that works with similar methods. Today, a little finesse is lacking, in favor of the New Worldy richness of fruit. Considering the extraction, I am convinced that the wine will hold up for a long time to come and that the terroir character will eventually come forth through the almost impenetrable layers of fruit that dominate today. Personally, I would not be surprised if both Robert Parker and Wine Spectator give N. P. U. 100 points, while the puritans in Champagne will be quite critical of Bruno's new cuvée de prestige. At the moment the wine is developing a little coarsely. 87 points
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

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