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N.P.U. stands for "Nec Plus Ultra" - a latin phrase which literally means "There is nothing beyond"... A highly ambitious statement which describes precisely what this wine is: a unique Champagne for which the most demanding choices were made at each stage of its production, regardless of their costs... From this crazy dream was born N.P.U.
Produced exclusively from the first pressing - the purest - of the finest grapes grown in 4 "Grand Cru" villages of the Champagne region. The first fermentation was conducted in small French Oak barrels, 42 of which were selected and blended in July 2000, producing 11,508 bottles. The composition is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
After 1990, 1995 and 1996, the fine fizzing golden-yellow 1999 N.P.U. (Nec Plus Ultra; latin for "There is nothing beyond") is the fourth vintage of this prestige cuvée from Bruno Paillard. Sourced from the four grands crus of Mailly, Verzenay, Oger and Le Mesnil sur Oger, the musts were fermented and aged for 10 months in barriques before the finest 42 barrels were selected for this 50/50 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir cuvée. The Champagne was kept for more than 12 years on the lees before it was disgorged in January 2012 with a small dosage of 4 g/l and spent another year in the cellar before a total of 11508 bottles and 508 magnums was launched on the market. Number 2879 of the 1999 NPU offers a uniquely rich and aromatically very particular bouquet of ripe and dried fruit aromas, dried flowers, potted ginger, candied lemon and orange peel, mandarins, roasted sesame, walnuts, resin and ultra ripe pears (Williams) to name just a few of the steadily developing aromas. The really complex and multi-layered nose leads to a rich, intense, round, voluminous and elegant Champagne of great expression and persistency. Firmly structured and remarkably mineral in the long aftertaste, this is a big character, quite aristocratic but also sensual and harmonious. Unfortunately this modern "classic" is highly expensive but worth a dinner for two. The wine benefits a lot from a certain time in a big wine glass.
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