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Bruno Paillard Champagne N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 1996

Bruno Paillard Champagne N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 750ml 1996     
Sku: 1789546

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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”.

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 »... A highly ambitious statement which describes precisely what this wine is : a unique Champagne for which the most demanding choices were made at each stage of its production, regardless of their costs. From this crazy dream was born « N.P.U . - Nec Plus Ultra ». 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. We did not select 1991, 1992, 1993 or 1994 : all « good » but not « great » vintages. But we released a 1995 N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra. Here comes the third N.P.U - Nec Plus Ultra ever produced: the legendary 1996 vintage. In 1996 the grapes combined a high maturity with an exceptionally rich acidity: a rare and ideal combination to create a great wine displaying power and freshness - if given the 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, the grapes 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 fermentation was conducted in small wooden barriques where the wines spent their first 9 months. During this period each « Cru » developed its own personality while acquiring these slightly woody aromas which were used to be found in yesterday’s wines. The following summer, 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 strict minimum, hardly perceptible. The bottles were then returned to the cellar for 2 years and a half of further ageing before their launch on the market. All together, the creation of this exceptional Champagne required 15 years, a unique example in the world of human 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 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…

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