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

Champagne, FranceMaison Bruno Paillard is relatively new for Champagne, with 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 is sourced from 30 vineyards, and disgorged in December 2019. It was a blend of 25 vintages since 1985, with ample (sometimes up to 50%) reserves. This is a blend of 45% pinot noir / 33% chardonnay / 22% pinot meunier, 20% 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). Ripe and doughy, with brioche, red apple, fresh hazelnuts seasoned with toast across an expansive palate. Acidity is braced by lemon pith and peel, drawing this in on the end for a lingering stony finish. A comfortable, polished wine for enjoying now, able to easily handle roast chicken or turkey dishes. In 1983, Bruno Paillard became the first to put the disgorgement date on every single bottle, not only on his prestige cuvée.Tasted: 26 January 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 85.99 select private retailers Producer: Champagne Bruno PaillardDistributors: Icon Fine Wine and Spirits
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 942151