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Bruno Paillard Vintage Assemblage 2008

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Description & Technical Information
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Bruno Palliard was founded in 1981. Still a family-run operation and now the proprietor to thirty-two hectares of land that cover the best Crus of Champagne, the Maison receives grapes from over forty carefully selected plots to blend into their cuvées. In addition the reserve wines at Bruno Paillard are kept in tanks and small oak barrels and the House uniquely uses a rare technique in Champagne: blending the reserve wines a year prior to assemblage. The multi-vintages mature in the cellars for an average of three years and the single vintage wines for between eight and twelve years.

Bruno Paillard's vintage cuvée is made exclusively from the first pressing of the grapes (the purest juice) and presents a harmonious balance between generous aromas of almonds, fresh fruits and spicy notes. After eight years ageing on the lees and twelve months post-disgorgement, this is a champagne to watch for the future. Each vintage of Bruno Paillard Assemblage features a different painting on the label, expressing the story of the year in a contemporary and visual way. The 2008 label was designed by Bang Hai Ja, illustrating the powerful vivacity of 2008 alongside the theme: "Energy". Just 1,000 magnums of Bruno Paillard Vintage Assemblage 2008 were produced.

Weather: After a rainy but mild winter without any prolonged cold spells, spring arrived with some very localised frosts. Cool weather returned in June and the infrequent sunshine prolonged the feeling of freshness. The spring to autumn weather was bright with sunny spells and the long, hot days and cool nights during September gave the grapes excellent acidity during the harvest period. The 2008 vintage is fast emerging as one of the best since the renowned and now-legendary 2002.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand & Premier Cru | Over 10 Crus
Grape Varieties: 42% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir, 16% Meunier
Ageing: 7 years on the lees
Disgorged (magnum): December 2015
Dosage: 5 g/l
Drink: Now to 2035

Tasting Note: A bright yellow golden hue with a fine bead of bubbles. The nose is very generous with aromas of cherries and hints of red fruits and citrus. The mid-palate develops to continue the red fruit and citrus theme with an abundance of wild strawberries and lemon leading to a long-lasting finish.
Champagne Bruno Paillard Overview
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Expert Reviews
92/100
Stephen Reinhardt
“Bruno Paillard's citrus-colored 2008 Brut Assemblage Millésimé is a lean and lively, mineral palate-cleanser. It's a love-me-or-leave me cuvée comprised of 42% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir and 16% Pinot Meunier, selected from ten of the best terroirs the company is cultivating. During seven years in the winery, this intense and chalky, energetically fresh and silky textured Champagne has developed a gorgeous mix of white, red and yellow fruits that are quite prominent at the moment. There are lemon and grapefruit notes, as well as marzipan, floral and chalky mineral flavors. Disgorged in 2015 with five grams of dosage and equipped with a beautiful label from the Korean artist Bang Hai Ja, the 2008 is still a bit yeasty and reductive on the nose, and austerely dry on the palate. But it is still full of drive and energy. This is Champagne for wine freaks or thirsty throats. It will gain complexity over the next decade.”
91/100
Antonio Galloni
“The 2008 Première Cuvée is all class. Fresh, vibrant and nuanced, with all the elements in the right place, the Première Cuvée is exquisite. White flowers, mint, lemon zest, white pepper and a host of bright, high-toned flavors give the Première Cuvée much of its personality. Disgorged April 2015.”
92/100
Josh Raynolds
“Vivid yellow-gold. Musky aromas of pear skin, mace, honeysuckle and toasty lees are complicated by a buttery nuance. Round, sappy and ripe, with a spicy aspect to its flavors of ripe citrus and orchard fruits, brioche and candied ginger. Shows very good clarity and energy on the finish, leaving mineral and floral notes behind. Disgorged in March, 2012”
92/100
Roger Voss
“Very dry, this is a crisp, steely and structured wine, a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that still tastes young. A blend made from nine different villages, it is so fresh and fruity with its white and citrus fruits, sliced apples and lemon juice. A zesty character at the back gives it a lively aftertaste.”
News Articles
  1. Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    Is Vintage 2008 The Next 2002?

    June 15, 2017

    We compared fifteen 2008s (+ new Krug Grande Cuvée based on 2008) to assess the quality of this emerging vintage in champagne. For reference, we tasted five 2002s alongside - and threw in a couple of curveballs to keep everyone alert!
  2. Bruno Paillard: Realisation of a Dream

    Bruno Paillard: Realisation of a Dream

    April 10, 2017

    Bruno Paillard founded this eponymously named Champagne house in 1981: the first in nearly a century. A remarkable success story that is still being written... we met with daughter, Alice and tasted (sniffed) the 2016 Vins Clairs and current Champagne range.
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