Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV 1.5L Magnum (Champagne, France) - [JG 93] [WA 92] [DM 92] [JS 91] [VM 91]

Bruno Paillard Brut Premiere Cuvee NV 1.5L Magnum
(Champagne, France) - [JG 93] [WA 92] [DM 92] [JS 91] [VM 91]

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Notes From The Winemaker:
EYE The golden straw colour reveals a high presence of chardonnay and the exclusive use of the first pressing. The fine bubbles are due to a strict selection of the best grapes, perfectly controlled temperature in the cellar and very long ageing.

NOSE The primary aromas reveal the citrus fruits of Chardonnay: lime and grapefruit.
Then the red fruits aromas of Pinot Noir appear: redcurrant, raspberry, morello cherries. When left to open up in the glass, the wine shows hints of dried fruits, sometimes exotic, from Pinot Meunier.

PALATE Lively and vivacious, thanks to a low dosage, the aromas on the nose are echoed in the mouth. Primary flavours of citrus, almonds, and toasted bread, very soon joined by redcurrant jelly but also dark fruits like cherry, fig and blackberry.

Whilst the wine opens up in the glass, and gets warmer, it expresses light plum and pear flavours. The palate is full, quite long with a very clean finish.

The Blend:
Exclusively first pressing the purest juice Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%), part of which (20%) was in barrel for the first fermentation.

Reserve wines:
A blend of 25 vintages, since 1985; up to 50% of the final blend.

Ageing is longer than the legal requirement; three years sur lie, then a minimum of a further five months after disgorgement.

Extra brut, very low dosage, less than 6g/L. This creates a very pure, very authentic champagne. (For the record, the extra brut denotes a sugar level of up to 6g/L).

Ratings & Reviews

93 Points - John Gilman:
"The current release of Bruno Paillard 'Première Cuvée' non-vintage Extra Brut is from the base year of 2016 and was disgorged in June of 2020. Like all of Alice Paillard’s wines, it shows supreme elegance on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet wafting from the glass in a mix of apple, pear, warm bread, a complex base of chalky soil tones, gentle smokiness and a hint of hazelnut in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core, excellent soil undertow, zesty acids and a long, poised and impeccably balanced finish. This is the epitome of refinement- as Champagne should be! Drink between 2021-2055." (10/2021)

92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"Disgorged in June 2021, the latest release of Paillard's NV Extra-Brut Première Cuvée is showing very well out of the gates, and it's already expressive, bursting with aromas of ripe orchard fruit, freshly baked bread, brioche and citrus oil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and precise, with a pinpoint mousse, bright acids and chalky grip on the finish, it's approachable now but also built to evolve with grace." -WK (1/22)

92 Points - Decanter:
"A whiff of flint precedes fresh lemon notes that pervade the entire wine with vivid freshness. The palate is taut and bright, with a rather salty, iodine savouriness. Lovely depth comes from the great proportion of reserve wines. The finish is brisk, with citrus and umami." -AK (8/2020)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"A mouthwatering Champagne that's finely balanced and carries rich notes of Honeycrisp apple, toast, lemon curd and glazed apricot on the lively mousse, while a streak of chalky mineral lingers on the finish. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2022." AN (Nov 2018)

91 Points - Vinous Media:
"The NV Extra Brut Premiere Cuvée is bright, focused and impeccable from start to finish. Yellow flowers, mint, white pepper and crushed rocks lend energy and tension. There's lovely inner perfume and sweetness to the lemon confit fruit. All the elements are so nicely balanced. Disgorged: June, 2020." - Antonio Galloni (11/21)

91 Points - James Suckling:
"Apricot, dried apple, dried lemon, shortbread and almond on the nose. Medium-bodied with sharp acidity and fine bubbles on the creamy, biscuity and dry palate. Very fresh and balanced. Drink now." (4/28/22)