Winter at Tantora

Paillard Champagne

by Anne Flannery

Dec 14, 2018

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Products / Food/Drink

Maison Bruno Paillard is a family-owned business. It was founded in 1981 by Bruno Paillard and taken over in 2007 by his daughter Alice. This is a house that grows and makes its grapes and wine, an unusual combination for Champagne.

 

To give you a sense of this, houses usually own 10 percent of the grapes they use whereas Maison Paillard owns 70 percent, spread out over 84 acres across the region of Champagne. This, however, is about the wine and not the business. If you are looking to explore the world of Champagne, Paillard is a good place to start.

 

In particular, you might want to begin with the Première Cuvée. This cuvée is extra brut and maintains its vibrancy not only through its low sugar content, but also because of its status as multi-vintage. This means that even though its majority is constituted from Chardonnay grapes, it also contains drops of previous vintages, which makes it a quality and legacy all its own. At $50 a bottle, it makes the perfect holiday or hostess gift.

 

If something a little more colorful is what you had in mind, try the Cuvée Rosé. It is slightly more tart and costs around $60 a bottle. Both of these wines will provide you with a chalky finish as a result of the highly porous soil, the result of the Champagne region’s past life at the bottom of the ocean. So, just take a deep breath, invite over some friends and enjoy a bottle of Paillard’s Première Cuvée this December.

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