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Bruno Paillard Brut Blanc de Blanc 2006

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Winemaker Notes

This single vintage 2006 Blanc de Blancs was produced exclusively from the first pressing –the purest– of grapes selected from the best Chardonnay vineyards in the heart of Champagne. More than 9 years maturation in our cool cellars gave this wine its plenitude.

Intense and bright greeny-gold with extremely tiny, numerous bubbles. After the first salty-iodic notes quickly escape, its vivacity shows through citrus fruit dominated scents, together with fresh almond. A few more minutes will allow calisson and candied orange skin aromas to develop. Fresh but generous, harmonious balance, with minerality and a long persistance.

A fine and elegant wine which can be enjoyed as an aperitif or through the meal, including spicy food. Avoid sweets matching.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast
Paillard's crispest Chardonnay comes mainly from the Côte des Blancs. Offering great white fruit and bright apple flavors, this wine is also textured and mineral. It is beginning to mature, suggesting a touch of toastiness while the fruit remains. It finishes dry. Drink the wine now.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (Disgorged September 2015) has a golden-yellow color and opens with an intensely fruity bouquet that is rich but also pure and complex, with peach, ripe banana and whole grain flavors as well as emerging iodine notes. This is a round, rich, mouth-filling and voluptuous yet elegant and mineral Chardonnay with fine tannins and lingering salinity with biscuit flavors. Kept more than eight years on the lees in bottle, this is a terribly fresh and stunningly fine Champagne that is a great pleasure to drink drink today due to its delicacy and freshness. However, you can also keep it in a cool, dark cellar for at least two decades.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Honey, pastry dough and spice accents lace the patisserie plum and pear fruit in this rich Champagne, while vibrant acidity and a lacy mousse carry the flavor range. Drink now through 2026.
JS 92
James Suckling
This has plenty of weight and richness for the cépage and vintage. Some grilled lemon meringue and spiced almond nougat on the nose. The palate has a neat core of yellow grapefruit and subtly biscuity savory complexity through the finish. Drink now.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
This is a fresh 2006 with structural intensity that doesn’t diminish the fineness of its texture. The acidity is assertive, but it tones down as it integrates with air, combining with the fruit to build a lemon-custard richness. Undertones of mushrooms and high notes of mace add to the wine’s complexity.
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Bruno Paillard was born in Reims in 1953 into an established family of Champagne "vignerons" and brokers. He started his own brokerage in 1975 and founded his own Champagne house in 1981. In fact, it is the youngest prestige house to be created since World War II. Bruno Paillard is synonymous with quality. One hundred and twenty five acres of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards provide the exceptional Pinot Noir, Pinot Munier and Pinot Chardonnay grapes which are used in the production of three luxury cuvees and one vintage Champagne. Each wine is produced in the traditional method and under the personal supervision of Bruno Paillard at his striking, state-of-the-art glass and stainless steel facility just outside Reims. Using only the first pressing of the grapes, Mr. Paillard is able to achieve the purest fruit flavors which then develop extraordinary balance during extended aging in the cellars. The Champagnes are all made with the dosage kept as low as possible in order to respect the authenticity of the wines. As a final note of quality, every bottle carries its date of "degorgement". Bruno Paillard is the only Champagne house to do so. The Champagnes of Bruno Paillard are rich, complex and dry but above all, elegant.
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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, the region, Champagne, is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to bear the label, ‘Champagne’, a sparkling wine must originate from this northeastern region of France—called Champagne—and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide.

Well-drained, limestone and chalky soil defines much of the region, which lend a mineral component to its wines. Champagne’s cold, continental climate promotes ample acidity in its grapes but weather differences from year to year can create significant variation between vintages. While vintage Champagnes are produced in exceptional years, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years in order to produce Champagnes that maintain a consistent house style.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled as individual varietal Champagnes, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, elegance, lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier, provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while ones comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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