Clear medium-deep garnet. Middling nose of sour cherry and leather. Medium-bodied with bright but simple and thin raspberry/cherry flavours and bitter tannins on the finish. Drink up.
Made primarily with fruit from Lillooet, supplemented by fruit from Road 9 and Blind Creek. Forward notes of red berries and spice precede a medium-bodied palate defined by good acidity and mouth feel. Well textured with raspberry, cassis and tea notes with a slightly herbaceous undertone and lingering spicy close.
Pale yellow. Delicate, minerally nose with fine citrus notes. Sharp and fresh, the cutting acidity leads to a full, round and bone-dry mid-palate, followed by a fruity finish. Ready to drink; it can wait a year or two.
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.
This wine captures Viognier’s perfumed attributes of peach, pineapple, apricot, bananas, white flowers, spice and citrus. There is lifted acidity and a long aftertaste. Try with coconut-based curries or piri-piri chicken.
Showing the effects of bottle age, this one is deep straw gold in the glass with mellow lemon citrus and butterscotch on the nose and juicy ripe citrus and tropical fruit flavours in a creamy buttery texture on the palate. It is balanced by still crisp acidity, with citrus and lightly toasted notes on the medium length finish.