Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru
Exclusively made of Chardonnay grapes, this wine is also known as “the Lace of Champagne” because of its very fine and persistent white mousse…
First pressing Chardonnay, sourced exclusively from grands crus vineyards “Côte des Blancs”.
25 vintages, going back to 1985.
Four years sur lie, then ten months further ageing after disgorgement. The delicacy of the bubbles helps to tame the naturally mineral Grands Crus to offer a sensation that is both creamy and lively.
A very old winemaking method is used where fermentation in the bottle is less powerful than traditional champagne.
Extra brut, very low dosage: 5g/L.
by Bruno Paillard
EYE Very pale and shiny with green tints. The effervescence is lighter than in the other Champagnes thanks to a less powerful bottle fermentation.
NOSE First aromas are citrus – lime and grapefruit – followed by white flowers. While opening in the glass, a touch of almond and toast appears.
PALATE The entry is lively leading to a complex combination of citrus and white flowers. The effervescence is extremely fine, silky and creamy. The finish is fresh and long.
The Rose comes in 75 cl bottles and magnums . It is produced in very small quantities (15 000 to 20 000 bottles per year). Each bottle carries a label against the month and year of disgorgement.
Like all very fine wine, our champagnes are also relatively fragile and should be stored carefully, and within its UV protective cellulose film until serving. Never leave a bottle in the refrigerator for more than a few hours; the cold may “break” the wine.
Le Point – 2014
“…a rare delicacy, gentle and light, with this soft chalk profile, known only by the best maisons of Champagne.”
Les Echos – 2015
Guide Gault et Millau 2015 : 15,5/20
Guide Bettane Desseauve 2016 : 16/20
FOOD & CHAMPAGNE PAIRINGS
Crayfish tails with ice cream,
by Joël Robuchon
Blanc des blancs
• 10 large crayfish
• 50g celery root
• 1 tsp chives, roughly chopped
• 3cl truffle vinaigrette
• 10g truffle, chopped
• salt and pepper, freshly ground
The Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru matches beautifully with shellfish, especially oysters. It can also accompany fish or an entire meal if there aren’t any particularly spicy or sweet dishes.
In 2000, acclaimed French chef, Joël Robuchon discovers the BRUNO PAILLARD Champagnes. Here is what tasting BRUNO PAILLARD inspires him: “This champagne, low in sugar content, well balanced, and with its subtle note of hazelnut, is the result of a demanding personality, an excellent connoisseur of terroir and of the best crus. I do believe that he and I have the same notions of hard work and perfection.” Thus, Joël Robuchon has worked for a decade on matching his dishes to the champagnes of BRUNO PAILLARD.
The fruitful exchange between the culinary and Champagne worlds, has led to the creation of the following recipes by Joël Robuchon exclusively for BRUNO PAILLARD Champagne.
1. Place all the vegetables and spices for the broth in a large pot. Add the 2.5 l of water and simmer for 20 minutes. Then add 2 dl dry white wine an 3 dl red wine vinegar.
2. Wash the crayfish by rinsing them quickly under cold water. Plunge five of the crayfish in the boiling broth and allow to cook for three minutes. Remove them from the broth and set aside. Repeat with the remaining five crayfish. Allow to cool and peel the crayfish.
3. In a sauté pan, place 50g butter, ½ a fennel, ½ an onion, and the 2 celery stalks, all thinly sliced. Add a large pinch of salt. Allow to soften over medium heat, making sure not to brown the vegetables. Add just enough of the broth to moisten the vegetables. Then add ¾ of the heavy cream (330g) and cook over low heat for 20 minutes. When ready, sift through a tamis by pressing the mixture through. Allow to cool before adding the rest of the double cream. If needed add more salt and pepper. Store in the fridge.
4. Chop the celery root into 3mm cubes.
Plunge in boiling salted water, and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and cool.
5. Toss the crayfish tails and claws in the truffle vinaigrette. Sprinkle the tails with ¾ of the chopped truffles. Keep cold. Season the celery root cubes with the truffle vinaigrette.
6. Glaze the center of the serving plates with the ice cream. Place the crayfish tails in the shape of a flower at the center, and the claws around it. Sprinkle with the celery cubes, chopped chives, chervil, and the remaining truffle.
For the broth
• 1 large onion, 1 small fennel, ¼ celery stalks, all thinly sliced
• 2,5 l water
• 2g star anise
• 10g coriander seeds
• 10g black pepper, whole
• 1 bouquet garni
• 10 garlic cloves
• 2dl dry white wine
• 3dl red wine vinegar
• 100g sea salt
For the cream
• ½ a fennel, ½ an onion, 2 celery stalks, all thinly sliced
• 50g butter
• 1dl of the sauce
• 400g double cream
• 2g fennel seeds
“Grand Cru. Citrus notes on the nose,…, sweetness on the palate, creamy, fresh, correct, very pure.”