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Champagne Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Extra Brut
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Champagne Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée Extra Brut NV

Champagne, FranceMaison Bruno Paillard is relatively new in Champagne, the house founded in 1981 by Bruno Paillard. From the beginning, their strategy has been on purchasing vineyard land. They now have 90+ parcels in 14 crus, covering the majority of their needs. My bottle of Première Cuvée Brut is sourced from 30 crus, was disgorged in April 2017, and was a blend of 25 vintages since 1985, with 50 percent reserves. This is a blend of 45/33/22 pinot noir / chardonnay / pinot meunier, 20 percent of which was barrel fermented, with the cepage spending 36 months sur lie, plus six more months in bottle, and with a dosage under 6 g/l (extra brut). Meringue, marshmallow, fine patisserie on a tight, yet cushioned palate. Finely textured with chalky dust, this feels every inch a millefuille, with layers of pastry layered with cherry vanilla cream and kissed with lemon essence, raspberry blossom and white florals. There's a bitter white cherry skin that rasps on the finish. Many layers of complexity here. In 1983, Bruno Paillard became the first to put the disgorgement date on every single bottle, not only on his prestige cuvée.Tasted: 04 November 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 89.00 private wine stores Producer: Champagne Bruno PaillardDistributors: Lifford Wine and Spirits
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 942151