Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage Champagne.
Bruno Paillard is a mid-sized Champagne house dedicated to producing highly individual, pure and elegant Champagnes from their 32 hectares of vineyard holdings. The sustainably farmed vineyards comprise some of the best crus of Champagne including Oger, le Mesnil, Vertus, Etoges for Chardonnay, Bouzy, Ambonnay, Verzy, Verzenay, les Riceys for Pinots Noirs, and Hautvillers, Cumières, Damery, Reuil, Venteuil, Festigny, for Pinot Meuniers. The house has 12 hectares of Grand Cru vineyards. Bruno Paillard was the first Champagne house to state disgorgement dates on the back label, from 1983. The signature style of the house is one of lightness, purity, elegance and complexity with notable freshness and silky texture.