The Blanc de Blancs from Paillard always works for me. They are a perfect blend of freshness alongside a nice dollop of yeasty, toasty richness. So when the chance came to sample the soon to be released 2012 I leapt out of my seat.
The nose has a playful element full of brioche and confected strawberries and pear drops.
The front end is all toastiness with a cut of lemon making a brilliantly approachable beginning to the palate. The lemon leans more towards glazed lemon.
On first sip the acidity is present but balanced. Hints of smoke, grapefruit with a touch of delightful verveine.
The mid palate is impressively full, viscous and racy creating this lovely touch of salinity that hits you just before the mid to late.
This wine shows a fabulous balance yet with such great ageing potential. It is a little more racy and hard for a 2012 than I was expecting. Which is no bad thing!
As it opens you get more of the delicate pasty notes creeping in. Some umami and this lovely lemon, dried pineapple and salted caramel finish.
A very impressive wine.