Bruno Paillard Extra Brut N.P.U. Nec Plus Ultra 2002 (1.5L)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
97 WA / 96 WS
The 2002 NPU – Nec Plus Ultra Extra Brut, a 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir exclusively from grand cru villages, has a golden color and opens with a beautifully complex and refined bouquet of matured fruit and iodine flavors. Fermented and aged entirely in small oak barrels (pièces) for ten months and then ten years on the lees in bottle, this has lovely oxidation, ripeness and depth. Very pure and fine but wide, highly complex and elegant on the palate, the 2002 NPU combines the famous freshness of the vintage with the complexity of the composition and the bottle aging. The finish is very long, tight, rich and complex but stimulatingly dry, pure and mineral. This is a great Champagne to be enjoyed today or over the next few decades. Total production: 6,200 bottles, plus 300 magnums. The wine I tasted in October 2017 in Hamburg with Bruno Paillard was disgorged in September 2014 and aged another two years in the cellar before it went into the markets. Stephan Reinhardt – The Wine Advocate
Vibrant and expressive, with distinctive aromas and flavors of gingerbread, baked white peach, singed orange peel and crystallized honey, carried on the plush and creamy mousse. An opulent version that’s firm and focused, with beautiful balance and a long, graceful finish. Disgorged September 2014. Drink now through 2029. - A.N. The Wine Spectator
The Nec Plus Ultra is is made only in great vintages, only using grand cru grapes, and it is always half Chardonnay, half Pinot Noir. It has spent 11 years in contact with its yeast lees, and, having been disgorged in September 2014, has spent exactly three years resting after the sediment was expelled from the bottle, and a dosage of just 3 g/l was added to the cuvée. It is also made using “exclusively first pressings”, while the wine is fermented and aged in second and third-fill barriques, which are sourced from prominent white wine producers in Graves. In total, N.P.U. always spends at least nine months in barrel, and then a minimum of 10 years ageing on its lees in bottle.
The 2002 is the sixth edition in the history of the prestige cuvée, following the 1990, ’95, ’96, ’99 and ’03.