Firm and focused, this lively Champagne is finely knit and elegant overall, offering flavors of Gala apple, pickled ginger, blackberry and toasted almond, with a hint of fleur de sel on the finish. Disgorged July 2014. Drink now through 2018.-A.N.
Initial fresh and fruity aromas of citrus, red currant and raspberry precede flavors of almond, toast, cherry, fig and blackberry. The long clean finish features a beautiful persistent mousse and is framed by an edge of chalky minerality.
Wine Maker Notes
Brut Premiere Cuvee is a true reflection of the Champagne area because it includes the 3 grape varieties from more than 30 villages. At 60% of the house production, it is the flagship of Bruno Paillard style. Top quality wine, Brut Premiere Cuvee has to survive any harvest whether rich or poor. No effort is saved to reach this constant quality.-The exclusive use of the first pressing, also named “cuvee”, guarantees the best and purest juice.-The noblest varieties dominate the blend: 45% of Pinot Noir, 33% of chardonnay and 22% of Pinot Meunier.-Depending on the year, the blend includes 20 to 50% of “Brut Premiere Cuvee Reserved Wines” aged in tanks and barrels.-In the event of a very bad year, production is down and more reserved wines are used (as for 1994 and 2001).-The ageing of Brut Premiere Cuvee goes far beyond the law. Bottles spend more than three years in the cellar before disgorgement plus 3 to 4 months after.-A true “Brut”, this wine has a very low “dosage” with only 6 grams per litre. Fine and elegant, Brut Premiere Cuvee is a wine of balance and complexity.
(45% Pinot Noir/33% Chardonnay/22% Pinot Meunier). Exclusive use of wine from the first pressing. Produced from aselection of grapes from 32 villages individually vinified in stainless steel or barrel. 20%-45% reserve wines from previousvintages are used in the blending process. Aged on the lees a minimum of 3 years, at least double the legally required period.The dosage is kept very low – 8 to 9 grams of sugar per liter – so as to produce an authentic and pure wine. Matured at least 3months in the cellar after disgorgement, the date of which is written on the back label.