A Festive Fizz
A small independent Maison, Bruno Paillard produces a range of champagne to fit your seasonal requirements
Review by Rupert Watkins
A small 32 hectare sized house, Bruno Paillard was only founded in 1981. Producing a range of champagnes including a Blancs de Blancs, prestige cuvee and Rosé, the house is known for a light, fresh nose and finish to all its wines.
I was able to sample the Premier Cuvee Brut and the Rosé. The Brut is very light – excellent for those who seek a little less fizz in their champers. The nose is fresh with hints of pear but is not strong. On the palette it is light with a softer mineral edge and slight hint of peaches but overall I felt a definite palette was somewhat lacking. As a lighter aperitif this would be excellent but I feel it may be overwhelmed if paired with food.
Bruno Paillard uses a very low dosage for all its champagnes – five grams per litre which produces that lightness. The Rosé had a slightly stronger nose with hints of red berries and lemon and certainly has more body. On the palette there are hints of strawberries. This would be a wonderful accompaniment to fish as well as being very drinkable on its own.