France – Bruno Paillard
Bruno Paillard was born into a lineage of brokers and growers that stretches back to 1704. Following in his father’s footsteps, Bruno began as a broker in 1975, acquiring deep and extensive knowledge of Champagne. After 6 years as a broker, Bruno was inspired to create a different kind of Champagne: one that would go above and beyond what existed in purity and elegance.
In 1981 with barely any money and a dream, Bruno launched the first new Champagne house in nearly a century. Beginning in a rented cellar and eventually moving into a state of the art facility, the elegant, unique and seductive style of Bruno Paillard was born.
The press quickly noticed. By 1988 respected critic Hugh Johnson had defined the house as “a small but prestigious young champagne house with excellent silky vintages and non-vintages”. Since then the high praise has continued.
Today Paillard’s vineyards stretch over 26 hectares of land over some of Champagne’s best terroir in Oger, Bouzy and Festigny. Twelve hectares of the estate (45%) are Grand Cru certified, remarkable in an area with less than 10% of vineyards designated Grand Cru.
From vineyard management to fastidious winemaking, Bruno Paillard is dedicated to making only the finest Champagne, full of elegance and finesse.
Smooth effervescence, a remarkable purity, true freshness and a silky texture, it is safe to say Bruno’s lofty dream of producing fine Champagne is now a reality.