Starting in the early 1930s, a small producer based in Rilly-la-Montagne, Hubert Paulet, does not exist in the States with wines virtually unavailable. These are rare bottles of Champagne made by Huberts Grandson, Oliver Paulet. The production here is tiny with only 2,000 cases annually, Paulet sells the majority of their production to famed Champagne producer Billecart-Salmon. The 2004 is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier all naturally and sustainably cultivated. The 2004 is a recently disgorged bottle and is in a fantastic drinking window with Gilman's review from a few years back stating some age would take this to the next level. Unheard of pricing here for a serious bottle of bubbles with over 15 years of age.
John Gilman 92 points! "The 2004 Hubert Paulet Brut Millésime is a lovely wine that will need a few years in the cellar to blossom from behind its racy structural elements, but which will be delightful once this is accomplished. The excellent nose jumps from the glass in a youthful mélange of apple, quince, bread dough, lovely soil tones and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tight and elegant, with a fine core of fruit, zesty acidity, frothy mousse and very good length and grip on the focused and dancing finish. A fine example of this excellent vintage."