Bruno Paillard "Première Cuvée" Brut Champagne

SKU #1114052 93 points John Gilman

 The new release of Première Cuvée was disgorged in April of 2017 and hails from the base year of 2013. It was finished with a dosage of five grams per liter and offers p a lovely, still quite youthful bouquet of pear, apple, brioche a complex base of chalky soil tones and a nice touch of spring flowers in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, bright acids and a long, focused and vibrant finish. This will be approachable early on, but as the notes below will attest, its true apogee is still many years down the road. (Drink between 2018-2050).  (7/2018)

92 points Decanter

 A whiff of flint precedes fresh lemon notes that pervade the entire wine with vivid freshness. The palate is taut and bright, with a rather salty, iodine savouriness. Lovely depth comes from the great proportion of reserve wines. The finish is brisk, with citrus and umami. (AK)  (12/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Paillard's NV Première Cuvée, disgorged January 2018 as Extra Brut, offers a fresh and delicate nose with bright fruit aromas intermixed with delicious brioche and vanilla notes. After three years on the lees, the palate is pure, straight and fresh, with a lovely mineral background, great elegance and finesse. The finish is salty and remans pure, very stimulating and delicate. Highly stimulating. (SR)  (10/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 When Bruno Paillard set out to establish his personal style of wine, he began collecting reserve wine at his cellar; with lots dating back to the 1985 vintage, those reserves now make up 20 to 50 percent of this blend, depending on the harvest. That allows Paillard and his daughter, Alice, to create a wine with quiet persistence—a sophisticated style with limestone clarity to its honeyed peach flavors and floral bee-pollen scents. Juicy, round and clean, it’s the most approachable of Paillard’s Champagnes.  (12/2018)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A mouthwatering Champagne that's finely balanced and carries rich notes of Honeycrisp apple, toast, lemon curd and glazed apricot on the lively mousse, while a streak of chalky mineral lingers on the finish. Disgorged September 2017. Drink now through 2022. (AN)  (11/2018)

91 points James Suckling

 This has a super fresh, attractive nose with brioche, lemons, toasty autolysis and peaches. The palate is soft, smooth and bright, the acidity delivering a fresh edge to the sweet lemons, peaches and pineapple. Drink now.  (7/2018)

91 points Vinous

 The NV Extra Brut Premiere Cuvée is bright, precise and beautifully focused. In other words, a classic Bruno Paillard Champagne. Lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine peel, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this taut, super-expressive NV Champagne. Medium in body and airy, with terrific depth the Premiere Cuvée is classy and inviting. Time in the glass brings out the breadth and textural richness of the red grapes in the blend. It will drink beautifully as an aperitif or with lighter foods at the dinner table. Disgorged: October, 2018. (AG)  (12/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 A selection from 35 Champagne vineyards, this nonvintage cuvée is ripe and mature, with a great balance between fruit and secondary flavors. It shows a fine poise and is ready to drink. (RV)  (12/2018)


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