Producer: Bruno Paillard
To discover such a wine, which has been aged 15 years, it is essential to take time: its tasting alone is a great experience. It should be served at cellar temperature, slightly refreshed down to 8°C or 9°C in a bucket half-filled with water in which there are just a few ice cubes. Do not leave it too long in a refrigerator, nor under ice. It can be enjoyed alone, as an aperitif where its complexity can fully express itself, or can accompany an entire meal, provided that it does not include a sweet dish. The N.P.U. - «Nec Plus Ultra» 2004 has requested 15 years of patience to begin to reach its full expression: it is important to give it time to open in the glass...
Appearance: Very strong yellow gold, intense and brilliant. Effervescence is measured, very fine and slowly rising.
Nose: Initially, very ripe, wild strawberries. A wide range of aromas, from acacia honey and candied pineapple to fresh notes of kumquats and jasmine. As the wine opens up, the sweetness of the lime blossom and the spicy intensity of cedar wood are revealed. The most patient tasters will see the evolution of the nose towards blackberry and blackcurrant, Calisson sweets palate from Aix en Provence and notes of licquorice.
Palate: An immediate velvety hit, which blends intense flavor with creamy texture. One can quickly see the perfect maturity of 2004, and yet the vivacity of the wine is very obvious. Generous flavours of candied apricots, lightly toasted gingerbread ... After this first explosion, the saline base of the wine is revealed in the middle of the palate. A balsamic and mint finish, true to the signature of N.P.U. - «Nec Plus Ultra»!
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Alcohol percentage: 12%