“La Robe”: is very pale and shiny with green tints. The effervescence is lighter than in the other Champagnes thanks to a less powerful bottle fermentation.
“Le Nez”: First aromas are citrus – lime and grapefruit – followed by white flowers. While opening in the glass, a touch of almond and toast appears.
“La Bouche”: The entry is lively leading to a complex combination of citrus and white flowers. The effervescence is extremely fine, silky and creamy.
The finish is fresh and long. Blanc de Blancs Reserve Privee Grand Cru is fantastic for aperitif and can be a beautiful match with a fish and shellfish meal.
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Wine maker notes
Exclusively made of Chardonnay grapes, this wine is also known as « the Lace of Champagne » because of its very fine and persistent white mousse…
The Chardonnay grapes of Blanc de Blancs Reserve Privee Grand Cru exclusively originate in the famous « Cote des Blancs ».
Depending on the needs of the year, the blend includes 20 to 25% of Reserved Wines from that cuvee. Aged for 4 years on the lees, this wine also benefit from a minimum of 8 months of extra age after disgorgement. Like all our wines at Bruno Paillard, its dosage is very low: 5 grams per liter only. For this specific wine, Bruno Paillard still applies a forgotten wine making technique: During the bottling prior to second fermentation, less yeast is added than in a regular Champagne. Therefore, the fermentation creates a lower pressure (4.5 kg against 6 kg usually).
This type of wine making is especially appropriate for the delicate Chardonnay varietal: It allows it to show all its minerality, finesse, elegance and freshness and balances it with a rarely found creamy texture.
Bruno Paillard was born in Reims in 1953. His lineage of brokers and growers in the two Grands Crus villages of Bouzy and Verzenay dates back to 1704. Following in the family’s foot steps, he starts working as a broker in 1975 acquiring a deep and extensive knowledgeof Champagne.
But after 6 years, he is taken by the overwhelming desire to create a different Champagne: one that would go beyond what existed in terms of purity and elegance.
We are in January 1981, Bruno Paillard is 27 years old, and with nothing but his will – no vineyards, no money – he sells his old Jaguar that had become a collector item to provide his company with a starting capital of 50 000 francs (15 000 Euros).
Madness! Nonsense! In a region that hasn’t seen a new house in nearly a century, the mood is rather conservative. But nothing can stop the dream of this pioneer of Champagne.
Bruno Paillard creates his Champagnes in a rented cellar with carefully selected grapes from independent growers. After 3 years of working like an alchemist, improving his know how, he finally reaches the style of his dreams.
In 1984, Bruno Paillard invents the first totally “ground level” cellar. This brand new concept allows an extremely strict control of temperatures, lighting and humidity.
And soon, the very personal style of his wines seduces. Bruno Paillard Champagnes are first recognized by the English Press as some of the best wines of the region. In 1988, the famous critic Hugh Johnson defines the house as “A Small but Prestigious Young ChampagneHouse With Excellent Silky Vintages and Non Vintages!”
In 1990, Bruno Paillard draws the current winery with his architect Jacques Blehaut: a state of the art structure with stainless steel, glass and wood symbolizing the 3 noble vessels of Champagne.
Revolutionary, this new cellar combines the traditional know how with the newest qualitative techniques.
In 1994, Bruno Paillard purchases his first vineyard: 3 hectares in Oger, a beautiful Grand Cru of the Cote des Blancs. Now, the vineyards of the house cover 32 hectares – half of the production needs – including 12 hectares of Grand Crus : Oger, Le Mesnil, Bouzy,Verzenay. The remaining half are today still purchased to the same independent growers families since the early 80’s.
In January 2007 his daughter Alice, one of four children, decided to join and continue the BP family adventure. Starting in the vineyards and then in the cellar for the first year, following with export development, Alice is now a shareholder and co manages the House withher father.
Today Bruno Paillard Champagne produces 4 to 500 000 bottles a year and export 75% of this wines through 40 different countries – mostly to Europe, Asia and Northern America.
Wherever they are represented, the Champagnes of Bruno Paillard are exclusively sold through traditional outlets such as restaurants and fine wine stores. This selective distribution is a guarantee of quality for the client thanks to the good care of sommeliers and fine wine merchants.