Maison Bruno Paillard has launched a new zero dosage cuvée into the UK market.

Dosage: Zero (D:Z) is a multi-vintage Champagne which will sit alongside the three existing MVs in Maison’s portfolio: Première Cuvée, Rose Première Cuvée and Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru, all of which are Extra Brut.

The D:Z cuvee is a natural extension to the Maison’s Multi Vintage family, and the producer said the challenge of creating a Champagne without dosage from a terroir which is “sometimes austere” was not undertaken lightly.

The key, it said, was the use of reserve wines. Around 50% of the Champagne was created from reserve wines, which is exceptionally high for a Champagne. This includes vintages going back to 1985 in a solera-style system. Some of these reserve wines underwent their first fermentation in barrel, some were kept in barrel and tank, while others for more than 10 years in bottle before disgorgement, resulting in intensified autolysis. Ageing is far longer than the legal requirement as D:Z has three to four years in bottle ‘sur lies’, followed by six months rest post-disgorgement, the date of which is stated on the back label.

Maison Bruno Paillard said Meunier is a grape variety which usually plays a supporting role in its wines but for this Champagne it is the grape variety in the spotlight. Meunier accounts for the majority of the cuvee, with equal proportions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir alongside. The majority of the assemblage is vinified in small oak barrels.

D:Z will be distributed by Bibendum Wines and will be destined for specialist wine merchants and fine-dining restaurants. It will be listed in Hedonism from October 12, with a retail price of £49.80.