Purplish. Ripe raspberry and blackberry, dried herbs, garrigue, black pepper. Spicy taste over dark fruit notes. Full-bodied, slightly warm and firm finish. Ready to drink or within 2 years.
Dark purple. Inviting nose of black fruits, ripe with just enough oak. Good freshness with chewy, generous tannins and lots of fruity taste. Very tight finish. Excellent stuff.
Pale yellow with a milky haziness and generous, lasting foam. Intense nose of exotic fruits, notably mango, hops and hints of white pepper. Light taste, low alcohol (3.9%) and a fair amount of bitterness make it a very refreshing beverage that goes down easy.
Les Parcelles is sourced entirely from Bouzy, from 22 plots of the Paillard family's sustainably-farmed vines, now averaging 25 years. As noted by the XIII on the label, this is based on the 2013 vintage (80%) along with 201 [Ed: what year?] (14%) and 2004 (6%). A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (the latter an anomaly in red-wine-centric Bouzy), this spent 4 years on the lees. Chiselled lemon, nougat and meringue leads this tight, energetic and extra brut (2 g/l dosage) Champagne. The palate pulses with energy, drawing green apple, cream, spice along a creamy, lighter palate and through a very lengthy finish. The chalk bedrock is evident through the driving hum of minerality and lingering chalk finish.
Showing leather, cedar box and spice with hints of bitter chocolate; soft tannins; quite plush and complex, still possessing good fruit, but showing its age quite well. Drinking well now, but may hold on for a few more years.
Very pale straw in colour with a minerally, seedy nose (over pressed?); dry, apple and peach flavours with a touch of browning apple (oxidation) on the finish. Don’t confuse this with the Fallers of Domaine Weinbach.