Robert Parker 94 Points: “Disgorged in January 2022, Paillard’s NV Extra-Brut Première Cuvée Rosé exhibits aromas of peaches, wild strawberries, Griotte cherries and spices. Medium to full-bodied, bright, and tensile, it’s concentrated and incisive. It concludes with a bright, long, and penetrating finish.”
The Somm Journal 94 Points: “Despite the pale orange hue, this is no shy wine: It’s bright yet graceful from stem to stern. Plenty of strawberry and red currant meet hints of cranberry, pink grapefruit, and sugared brioche on the nose, while more strawberry commingles with blood orange on the palate, whose fullness is balanced by clean acidity and mineral hints.”
Jeb Dunnuck 93 Points: “The NV Champagne Première Cuvée Rosé pours a pale salmon hue and is fresh with grapefruit, ripe peach, and wet stone. It is juicy and vibrant through the mid-palate, with full texture and supple mousse, and flush with golden fruits of apricot and pineapple. It is charming and approachable now and will continue to improve. Best after 2022. “
Winemaker Notes: “A hymn to the bright delicacy of Pinot Noir, the Premiere Cuvee Rosé is named on account of its composition of only the first pressing. The pink copper color with a hint of raspberry when young evolves to salmon while aging. The fine bubbles are due to a strict selection of the best grapes, perfectly controlled temperature in the cellar, and very long aging. The initial aromas of redcurrant and red fruits evolve to morello cherry, wild strawberry, and violet while breathing in the glass. A touch of lemon denotes the discrete presence of Chardonnay. With age, aromas tend towards dark fruits like dark cherry, fig, and blackberry. Red fruits are captured at their full freshness on the palate. The finish is bright and long.”
Food Suggestions: The Rose Premiere Cuvee is a great match to fine Italian charcuterie, sushi, poultry, or red fruit salad.