The Wine Independent 93
The Bruno Paillard Première Cuvée NV is an assemblage of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier made from 2018 base wine, of which 20% is barrel fermented in aged oak barrels. Accounting for 60% of the house annual production, this cuvée always includes a good proportion of reserve wines from a perpetual reserve started in 1985, with this specific bottling including 32% reserve wine. Aromatically rich and heady, it opens to notes of ripe apricot, lemon pulp, butter biscuit and hints of coconut macaroon. Medium-bodied, the palate has attractive energy from refreshing, lively acidity that mingles with ripe citrus flavors and toasty notes on the long, saline finish. It is an Extra Brut with 5.5 grams per liter dosage that is well integrated and balanced. The bottle tasted was disgorged in May 2022. Lot: LZA6B2Q05
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035
Robert Parker 92+
A blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier, Paillard’s NV Extra-Brut Première Cuvée (disgorged in June 2022 with 5.5 grams per liter) expresses an elegant and fresh bouquet with aromas of citrus oil, lemon, spring flowers, pomelo and pastry touches. Medium to full-bodied, crystalline and vibrant, it’s complemented by a delicate mousse and chalky finish. Enjoy it over the next three years.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2026