This bottle of Paillard's NV Extra Brut Première Cuvée was disgorged in May 2018, and it's showing well, unfurling in the glass with aromas of lemon oil, ripe apple, brioche and dried white flowers. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with an elegant but broad-shouldered profile, displaying good concentration at the core, a fine mousse and brisk balancing acids, concluding with an elegantly chalky finish. Based on the 2014 vintage, this is a classy, incisive wine that will reward bottle age.
92+ points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)
The NV Extra Brut Premiere Cuvée is bright, precise and beautifully focused. In other words, a classic Bruno Paillard Champagne. Lemon confit, white flowers, tangerine peel, chamomile and dried flowers all grace this taut, super-expressive NV Champagne. Medium in body and airy, with terrific depth the Premiere Cuvée is classy and inviting. Time in the glass brings out the breadth and textural richness of the red grapes in the blend. It will drink beautifully as an aperitif or with lighter foods at the dinner table. Disgorged: October, 2018.
91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec 2019)
A fresh and finely knit version, this exudes ripe black currant and boysenberry fruit flavors, with notes of grated ginger and candied lemon zest riding the lively, detailed mousse. Disgorged October 2018. Drink now through 2022. 20,000 cases made, 1,050 cases imported.
91 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec 2019)
Very fresh, attractive and fresh lemons with gently creamy nuances, as well as lightly toasted bread. The palate has a sleek, fresh lemon and lime core with a sheen of nutty, bready complexity. Plenty here to like. Drink now.
91 points, James Suckling (Sep 2019)