Bruno Paillard Champagne is an independent, family-run house. Its exceptional vineyards are located in the heart of the Champagne region. The wines have a highly personal style characterized by stringent quality control at every stage of the process. Their viticulture is slow and sustainable, the Bruno Paillard house uses only the first pressing of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, and each cru is produced separately in oak barrels or stainless steel tanks. Not only this, but reserve wines are blended to make an extra brut “dosage” and wines are aged two to four times longer than the minimum required by the appellation. The house was the first to indicate the date of disgorgement on its bottles so that their clients can choose when to taste Bruno Paillaed champagne. The Premiere Cuvée, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, N.P.U. “Nec Plus Ultra” and their collection of old vintages are available at independent wine merchants and are served at the world’s best restaurants.
MV Premiere Cuvee
It is the flagship of the Bruno Paillard style. A top quality wine, the Premiere Cuvee is exclusively first press - the purest juice - Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%), part of which (20%) was in barrel for the first fermentation. A blend of 25 vintages since 1985.
91 points, Wine Spectator
Firm and focused, this lively Champagne is finely knit and elegant overall, offering flavors of Gala apple, pickled ginger, blackberry and toasted almond, with a hint of fleur de sel on the finish. Disgorged July 2014. Drink now through 2018. 27,300 cases made. –AN
MV Rose Premiere Cuvee
A hymn to the bright delicacy of Pinot Noir, the Premiere Cuvee Rosé is named on account of its composition of only the first pressing. Multi-vintage rosé, made with Pinot Noir, is created in two ways: White wine from Pinot Noir: after a quick pressing, and a fast separation of the skins, the juice is very pale and can be vinified as a white wine. Red wine from Pinot Noir: is obtained by a prolonged maceration of the juice on the skins. A touch of Chardonnay brings the necessary vivacity to balance the fruits of Pinot Noir.
90 points, Wine Spectator
An elegant rosé, with a smoke-tinged underpinning and a lively, satinlike mousse carrying flavors of ripe raspberry, toast and pickled ginger. Disgorged May 2015. Drink now. 8,300 cases made.
MV Blanc de Blancs
Exclusively made of Chardonnay grapes, this wine is also known as “the Lace of Champagne” because of its very fine and persistent white mousse. First pressing Chardonnay, sourced exclusively from grand crus vineyards in “Côte des Blancs”. This is a blend of 25 vintages, going back to 1985.
92 points, Wine Spectator
A pure note of apricot is laced with flavors of saffron and blood orange granita, with a rich hint of madeleine, all riding the fine and creamy mousse of this bright and harmonious Champagne. Disgorged October 2016. Drink now through 2021. 1,900 cases made. –AN
MV Zero Dosage
A brut nature Champagne needs more reserve wines and more maturation, so, in 2008, Alice and Bruno Paillard began building up their stock of reserve wines specifically dedicated to the new champagne-to-be. The first DZ release comprises over 50% of reserve wines, anchored by the base vintage. Over 50% of the wine in each bottle has been fermented in small (225-liter) used barriques – a costly, labor-intensive process, but necessary for aging and to soften the acidity. The blend highlights the softer, fruit-forward Pinot Meunier from the first few kilometers on the right bank of the Marne Valley, balanced by one-third each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from northern exposure slopes of the Montagne de Reims.
2002 N.P.U. "Nec Plus Ultra"
First, an exceptional vintage is needed: after improving our “savoir faire” during the 80’s, the first ever N.P.U – Nec Plus Ultra, a 1990 vintage, was released in 2002. Four follow, each of different temperaments: the generous 1995; the eccentric 1996; the 1999 and maybe the most classic, 2002. Of the 320 villages in Champagne, only 17 are entitled to the appellation “Grand Cru”; grapes selected to create N.P.U. “Nec Plus Ultra” 2003 are sourced from only four of them: Oger, Chouilly, Verzenay and Mailly. An essential characteristic of the N.P.U – Nec Plus Ultra is that the first fermentation was conducted in small wooden barriques where the wines spent their first 10 months.
96 points, Wine Spectator
Vibrant and expressive, with distinctive aromas and flavors of gingerbread, baked white peach, singed orange peel and crystallized honey, carried on the plush and creamy mousse. An opulent version that's firm and focused, with beautiful balance and a long, graceful finish. Disgorged September 2014. Drink now through 2029. 550 cases made.