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|Appellation/Sub-Region||Champagne AOC Grand Cru|
|Grapes||Chardonnay, Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Sustainably Grown|
Antoine and Quentin Paillard constitute the eighth generation of Paillards to grow grapes on the south-facing slopes of Bouzy. Their family’s estate of 11 hectares lies entirely within that grand cru village; uncharacteristically for an area famous for its pinot noir, 40% of their vineyards are planted with chardonnay. The Paillards eschew herbicides, trusting to dedicated care of the vines to bring their harvest to ripeness. This delicate rosé takes full advantage of the estate’s chardonnay parcels: it’s made from a combination of 64% chardonnay and 36% pinot noir, of which 5% consists of the completed still red wine that gives it its pale pink color. With a dosage of just 2 grams per liter, it is quite dry. The base wine of this “XVII” edition of the “Terres roses” non-vintage Champagne is from the 2017 harvest, with a small amount of reserve wine added. The base wine aged in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel before bottling. These bottles continued to evolve in the chalk cellars of the estate before being disgorged in March 2021. This elegant Champagne combines the allure of the first strawberries of the season with citrus pith, chalky minerality, and cool mountain herbs. Sustainably grown.