Wood and champagne are a rarity. Apart from the great houses of Bollinger, Krug and Alfred Gratien, a number of grower producers are currently ageing a portion of their base wines in wood. One such producer is Hubert Paulet. His stunning prestige cuvee Risleus is a NV blend of 47% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir, all sourced from premier cru sites in Rilly la Montagne. Tasted twice in the past two weeks, Risleus lives up to its reputation. Very fine pinpoint bubbles, a result of extended lees ageing. Very intense nose redolent of sweet spice,ripe berries, truffles and caramel beckon the first taste....a voluptuous, creamy mousse explodes on the tongue, intensifying the very complex nose and showing great concentration. The finish is incredibly long. A marvelous champagne to drink now or age for at least 5 years. Imported by Pas Mal.