Pinot Noir (45%), Chardonnay (33%) and Pinot Meunier (22%)
Lime, grapefruit, redcurrant, raspberry and morello cherries.
Citrus, almonds, and toasted bread, very soon joined by redcurrant jelly but also dark fruits like cherry, fig and blackberry.
The Première Cuvée is a very personal interpretation of the whole region, through the selection of 35 of the 320 crus of Champagne and blended with a uniquely high proportion of reserve wine (35%) made from solera-style system or ‘perpetual reserve’ dating back to 1985!
It is the flagship of the Bruno Paillard style. A top quality wine, the Première Cuvée has to survive any harvest whether rich or poor.
Exclusively made from the first pressings, Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée is kept three years on lees before being aged another six months post disgorgement. The very low, Extra-Brut dosage is kept below 6 g/l to preserve the purity of the wine. This deliberately long ageing is thus key to enable the wine to fully express its richness without any austerity.
91/100 - Decanter 2020
"A lovely reductive smokiness fills the nose with promise. Creaminess and rounded freshness on the palate with a slight hint of development and spicy complexity. Finely etched citric."
90/100 - Wine & Spirits 2020
"Rich maturity infuses this wine’s floral scents of yellow roses with deeper aged character that touches on lees and minerals. Bruno Paillard and his daughter, Alice, blend it from 35 crus, using the first press of pinot noir (45%), chardonnay (33%) and pinot meunier. They ferment one-fifth of the lot in oak barrels and include up to 50 % of reserve wines in the final blend, with vintages going back to 1985. The wine sets the style for the rest of the house, focused, clean and rich."
Bettane & Desseauve – Guide 2016
“Low dosage, aperitif style, but showing beautiful maturity on the palate, the Brut Premiere Cuvee is one of the most interesting non vintages on the market.”