Antoine, Benoit & Quentin Paillard
The Paillards are an old Champagne family associated with the village of Bouzy. For many generations the Paillards were shepherds, innkeepers or even traders and teachers, when one Pierre Paillard bought a patch of vineyard in Bouzy. That was in 1768 and, eight generations later, the family is still there, crafting generously flavoured Champagnes, all from their own grapes and all from the village of Bouzy, now rated as grand cru for the outstanding quality of both its pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Present in the business are Benoit Paillard with his sons Antoine and Quentin.
The family owns 11 hectares of vineyard, 65% planted to pinot noir and 35% to chardonnay. Recently the focus of their work has been in the vineyards where they have concentrated on soil health by using no chemicals and following organic principles (though they choose not to be certified). Antoine claims that the complexity of his Champagnes comes from the quality of their grapes rather than the winemaking (which follows traditional techniques).