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Hubert Paulet, Risleus 1er Cru 2004


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    47% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir

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This domaine's flagship wine is the Cuvee Risleus, which is named after an old family name of the village. A bouquet of flowers and blood orange, complemented by nuances of roasted coffee, licorice and vanilla, make for a champagne of admirable complexity and finesse. Rich and fulsome, the Risleus is an ideal complement to poultry, mushroom vol au vent.

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Primary fermentation followed by 8 months aging in used barrels. One third of the wine receives regular batonnage. Elevage - 72 months sur lattes + 10 months in bottle after disgorgement

Champagne Hubert Paulet is a family owned domaine located in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. Their 8 hectares of vineyards, which are planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, are classed as premier cru status, and sit on the north side of the mountain of Reims. The respective soil variety profiles are such that Pinot Noir is planted to soils with a higher degree of clay, the Chardonnay to chalk, and the Pinot Meunier to sandier soils. The estate was founded at the end of the 19th century, and is being run today by vigneron Olivier Paulet, who represents the fourth generation at the domaine. The goal at Hubert Paulet is to showcase the particularities of Rillys chalky terroir by working the soil using only natural viticultural practices. One such practice, admittedly an unusual sight in the region, is to leave grass growing between his rows of vines up until harvest time. All of the fruit is hand-harvested, and fermented in both tile and stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is carried out depending upon the vintage and particular qualities of the wine. The champagnes age sur lattes from 28 to 72 months depending upon the wine. Dosage, for both Extra Brut and Brut wines, are kept at a modest 9 g/L or less. The domaine presently sells off half of their grape production to Billecart-Salmon. With the remaining fruit, Olivier produces just under 2000 cases of Champagne Hubert Paulet.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Marika Cassina
Seductive pleasure

The color is intense golden, the bubbles are small and the mousse is elegant. This wine has a gorgeous, sensual aroma of apricot jam, candied and fresh ginger, chicory root, caramelized endives, dried peaches, kiwi, cardamom, beeswax and tobacco. Later in the glass it showed bread pudding, delicate coffee, dried lemon potpourri and incense. The mouthfeel is rich and vinous but with tension, fabulous. On the palate you get baked apple, juicy pear, candied angelica root, blood orange, quince cheese, caramel, crème au beurre with vanilla – smooth and nothing too lactic and a hint of English allsorts. The finish is long exciting with yellow raisins, delicate lemon, toast, nougat and a hint of minerality. Use a large glass, treat it like a top white Burgundy and give it time to open up. A champagne that makes me euphoric and my girlfriend too excited. The perfect pairing for this wine would be truffle vol au vent with rooster chanterelle and sweetbreads, Bocuse style! I definitely see a bright future for this wine. I would love to try it again in 10 years. Personally I like it even more than 2002. What a lovely champagne to conclude Corona Tasting v1!
Rating 89 points with 92+ potential
Tasted by Michiel Demarey - wine journalist The Champagnist ( full article on