Bruno Paillard Champagne
Bruno Paillard Champagne is not only the youngest champagne brand, but also the only one that is personally managed by the owner and namesake. At Champagne Bruno Paillard is actually Bruno Paillard personally responsible for quality and production.
The Paillard family itself has been in the champagne business since 1704. In 1975 the young Bruno also becomes a wine broker. He quickly dreams of making his own champagne. In 1981 he sells his old Jaguar, uses the money as starting capital for his own small company and dares to do something that nobody would have dared to think of: he opens his own champagne trading house. It is the first new trading house in over 100 years. Bruno Paillard is 27 years old. He shakes his first bottles in a rented shed. His qualities are so good that the English market discovers and celebrates them, Champagne Bruno Paillard grows and prospers. In 1990, Bruno Paillard inaugurates its current premises on the Avenue de Champagne in Reims. With a production of about 500,000 bottles per year, Champagne Bruno Paillard is one of the small trading houses in Champagne. But Monsieur Paillard's visionary way of working triggered important impulses in Champagne. He basically matures his Grand Cru base wines in barriques. He gives each terroir an individual profile depending on the location, soil and origin. Monsieur Paillard combines purity, minerality, finesse and quality to create an unmistakable character of origin, which he skilfully and sensitively blends into his very own house style. He uses only the first pressing, the "Première Cuvée", and his dosage consists of his own reserve wines.
Bruno Paillard Champagne belongs to the dry "Brut" champagnes of the market. The care with which work is done here for the knowledgeable customer impresses, sets standards. Thus, Bruno Paillard was the first house in the Champagne region to declare each bottle not only according to the origin and composition of the cuvee, but also to provide the date of the disgorgement. This is of crucial importance for Monsieur Paillard: "The Disgorge is the second birth of a champagne. From this moment on, its natural aging process begins. Its aromas evolve from fruits to flowers to spices; its color becomes increasingly darker, its taste more complex. It is therefore important for the connoisseur to know the moment of disgorgement."
The house Bruno Paillard has 25 hectares of own vineyards. These provide a third of the grape demand, an exception in the Champagne region. Monsieur Paillard buys the rest from permanent contract winegrowers in more than 30 locations in Champagne. His own vineyards are cultivated in integrated cultivation, some hectares are already ecologically certified. The conversion of the entire production to organic cultivation is being planned. At Paillard, quality assurance is not a verbal phrase, but reality. Because many well-known champagne producers, in order to meet the increased demand, increasingly buy "sur latte", i.e. ready shaken bottles from winegrowers or other champagne houses, which are disgorged in the own house and trimmed to the in-house style by appropriate dosage, Bruno Paillard developed its own bottle form, which demonstrates to knowledgeable customers that it does not buy external bottles: "Sur latte" champagne is produced exclusively in the usual standard bottle. So Bruno Paillard's special bottle guarantees serious own development. Champagne Bruno Paillard is in many respects an extraordinary and visionary champagne house, to which we dedicate our commitment out of conviction.