A PATIENT QUEST
Champagne is rich in its extreme diversity… different terroirs and crus all have unique personalities. For one house, putting together a wine is very like for a painter carefully choosing the origin of colours.
The house has consistently worked with grapes grown by the same families since it was founded. Likewise, parcels of land have been carefully chosen. Because, for Bruno Paillard, it is not about dominating one village but about tirelessly seeking out different terroirs to allow the personal expression of the champagne and have a clear vision of creating wine.
The vineyard is the fruit of a patient quest, guided by a profound understanding of Champagne and a very clear vision of the wine to be created.
Maison Bruno Paillard manages a vineyards of around 30 hectares (74 acres) of land over the best Crus of Champagne: Le Mesnil sur Oger, Oger, Cumières or Verzenay, for example. Les Riceys is the exception; situated in the south of Champagne, it is the undisputed flagship of the Aube. Altogether it represents over 100 plots, each with a different terroir.
12 hectares of the vineyards are classified as “Grand Cru” which is remarkable knowing that grands crus represent only 17 of the 320 villages of Champagne.
The vineyards now provide from 50 to 60% needs in grapes.
SLOW AND SUSTAINABLE
The respect of this inimitable terroir is a guiding principle for the Maison. It requires both rigour and a delicate touch.
• a special focus on ploughing, encouraging the development of root systems to extract the chalky minerality.
• short pruning, which helps the roots of the plants to grow continually, directing nutrients to the roots rather than the leaves.
• paying increasing attention to soil microbiology and the biodiversity of our plots.
SERVED WITH PASSION
The vineyard team, led by Mathieu Pingret, applies a sustainable viticultural approach, according to the high expectations of the BRUNO PAILLARD Champagnes: no herbicides or pesticides are used; ploughing; partial grassing; regular analysis and specific approaches to each plots, and certified organic fertilizers only.
This commitment to sustainable viticulture is also illustrated in a multitude of smaller details, for example, planting roses close to vineyards. As well as promoting biodiversity, it allows the viticultural team to detect possible mildew attacks; as the rose is more sensitive to the disease than a vine, it will be affected first.
The installation of wooden pickets: at the end of each row, iron pickets have been replaced by more attractive and more environmentally friendly pickets made from recycled, untreated French Robinia wood.
The creation of flower covered headlands comprising various local species to promote natural biodiversity in the vineyard. The presence of different varieties of flower supports bee populations and pollination of the vines.