1996 Paillard, Bruno Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Blend - 750ML
  • WS 97
  • AG 94
  • JG 94
  • WE 94
  • IWC 93

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$189.94

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Reg: $194.94

$189.94

This product is
out of stock

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WS 97
Wine Spectator, November 2009
The graphite, toast, spice, candied berry and coconut aromas are seductive, and the class and finesse hold your attention. Picks up mineral and citrus flavors. Supersilky in texture, with harmony and a youthful expression... The graphite, toast, spice, candied berry and coconut aromas are seductive, and the class and finesse hold your attention. Picks up mineral and citrus flavors. Supersilky in texture, with harmony and a youthful expression as this lingers on the seemingly endless aftertaste. Drink now through 2030. 10 cases imported. –BS
AG 94
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, December 2009
The 1996 Brut Blanc de Blancs is a rich explosive wine that bursts onto the palate with a blast of ripe fruit. Generous notes of toasted oak flowers and nuts follow but everything is woven together in a fabric of unsual... The 1996 Brut Blanc de Blancs is a rich explosive wine that bursts onto the palate with a blast of ripe fruit. Generous notes of toasted oak flowers and nuts follow but everything is woven together in a fabric of unsual brilliance. The oak remains quite prominent and borderline intrusive but stylistically everything works. The wine comes together in the glass where it also gains additional weight and fills out nicely. This is a powerful heady and totally opulent Champagne that calls for food. In the right context it is sure to be extraordinary. At the risk of offending the Champenoise the 1996 Brut Blanc de Blancs seems to scream for a poached egg generously topped with white Alba truffles! Disgorged: July 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019.
JG 94
View From The Cellar, June 2014
The 1996 Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs spent nine years aging on its lees prior to disgorgement and had been in my friend’s cellar since 2009. This is a beautifully complex and à point example of the vintage, wafting... The 1996 Bruno Paillard Blanc de Blancs spent nine years aging on its lees prior to disgorgement and had been in my friend’s cellar since 2009. This is a beautifully complex and à point example of the vintage, wafting from the glass in a superb blend of pear, apple, deep nutty tones, a beautiful base of soil, gentle notes of crème patissière, gentle leesiness and a topnote of citrus peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and absolutely rock solid at the core, with lovely complexity, refined mousse and superb length and grip on the focused and very classy finish. Lovely juice that has now entered its apogee of peak drinkability, but will last for decades and still has plenty of chapters left. 2013-2035. 94+
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, December 2009
With all the signature acidity of the 1996 vintage, this shows plenty of aging potential. The wine is thirst-quenchingly fresh, with the flavor of just-squeezed lime juice, but also has a depth of complex tannins and... With all the signature acidity of the 1996 vintage, this shows plenty of aging potential. The wine is thirst-quenchingly fresh, with the flavor of just-squeezed lime juice, but also has a depth of complex tannins and texture. Drink now but age for five years or more.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2009
(disgorged July, 2007) Bright yellow-gold with fine bubbles. Deeply pitched citrus and pear aromas are complemented by notes of talc, jasmine and anise. Powerful, palate-staining lemon and Anjou pear flavors are... (disgorged July, 2007) Bright yellow-gold with fine bubbles. Deeply pitched citrus and pear aromas are complemented by notes of talc, jasmine and anise. Powerful, palate-staining lemon and Anjou pear flavors are strikingly fresh and penetrating. With its strong back-end lift and kick of white pepper, this very young wine is balanced to reward patience. - Josh Raynolds
Color & Type Sparkling
Varietal Champagne Blend
Country France
Region Champagne
Vintage 1996