Founded in 1981, Bruno Paillard, based in the Reims region of Champagne, is the youngest and one of the smallest Champagne houses. Since then, it has established a fine reputation for excellence in quality and the first to introduce the date of dégorgement (disgorging) dates on their back labels, which benefited consumers significantly. Its house label, the Brut Première Cuvée uses only the first press (hence the name) guarantees the premium quality and consistency that goes into the unchanging blend of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 22% Pinot Meunier.
This is a winery that takes its time; blending of the base wines is often several months later than other houses, to allow the individual wines to develop and express their character more fully before the blend is assembled. The wines are then aged for between 3 years in the case of the non-vintage and an unusually long 8-10 years for the vintage wines, even more for the prestige cuvee N.P.U.. M Paillard feels that the disgorgement process is a big shock for the wines, and so the wines are aged a further 4-5 months afterwards, and up to 18 months for the N.P.U.