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Sébastien Moncuit, new comer

22 December 2014

After 10 years at Château Malakoff managing a big production, 3 years spent in a laboratory counselling wine growers and merchants, Sébastien Moncuit, son and grandson of a Champagne wine grower, joined last year champagne Mailly Grand Cru, “a fantastic domain of pinot noirs that offers a huge scope of opportunities”!

SebastienMoncuit_MaillyGrandCru (27)Mailly Grand Cru represents 73 hectares planted by 3/4 with pinots noirs and 1/4 of chardonnay. “Our wine growers supply to champagne Mailly grapes of beautiful quality to make the Brut Réserve, symbol of the house”, and a full range of 9 cuvees focusing on pinot noir called Les Echansons, L’Intemporelle, Blanc de Noirs…

 

“What really interests me in this function, is the incredible policy to apply in the vineyard and the terroir to pursue the work of precision implemented by my predecessor. Admittedly the range is fully coherent as all the grapes stem from the same terroir. But to make the vinification by plot more acute, I have to get to know the terroir. To succeed, fro 6 months, I have been identifying and registering 730 plots, shared out over 35 localities. For each of them I have to know the history, the farming method, the actions, but also their specific exposure. Like in Burgundy, I am going to define a kind of ‘climats’ that will provide a great diversity to the wines.

 

This work of by-plot knowledge will enable me to follow up the ripeness of the grapes and to precisely determine the date of harvest. But also to craft cuvees with all the necessary information and to better understand their development. I have to keep informed about the upstream work to adapt the vinifications according to the year. For example, all Mailly wines, including the vintages undergo malolactic fermentation. If one year I get very ripe grapes and wines with a good structure, I can decide to block this last fermentation on 10% of the cuvee to give extra freshness to the vintage.

We also carry out tests for organic vinifications with plots farmed according to this practice, and crafting without sulphur. The mastery of these techniques enable to meet the expectations of the customers and to know the impact on the expression of our wines.” This by-plot work is undertaken on a long term basis in order to get a sustainable viticulture certification with our wine growers; on the short term, to give extra pleasure to the wine lovers and bring a complexer expression for the connoisseurs.

 

For the end of the year, Champagne Mailly Grand Cru proposes Magnum Collection, 4 vintages of the last centurty: 96, tonic, 97, delicate, 98, rich and 1999, precise, salty and lively after swirling. They are presented individually in an artisanal solid oak case, a beautiful idea to remeber for a gift to enter at Christmas in the universe of great champagnes!

 

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History

The village of Mailly is said to derive its name from the Latin Malliusacum. Grapes have been grown in Mailly for centuries, since before the building of Reims Cathedral in the 13th Century. Mailly wines were much appreciated by the church and nobility and graced all of the finest tables from the Middle Ages onward. Mailly winegrowers have witnessed the landmark events that shaped French History, contributing to the rising fortunes of Champagne in the 17th Century.

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Vineyards

The Mailly Grand Cru estate extends across 70 hectares, entirely located in the Grand Cru village of Mailly Champagne, at the heart of the Montagne de Reims nature park. The vineyard is divided into 480 plots, planted to the two noble Champagne varietals, the Pinot Noir (75%) and the Chardonnay (25%). Blessed with a unique terroir, the vineyard is distinguished by a location that faces all four points of the compass. Most of the plots are north-facing, favouring subtle, well-balanced wines.

 

Nestling in the centre of these vine-covered slopes is the winery: a glass building built above seven different levels of cellars and a kilometre-long stretch of ‘crayères’ (chalk caves). This is where Mailly Grand Cru Champagne is made, exclusively from Mailly Champagne grapes.

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Winemaking

The estate’s wines owe their character to the fruit of a single Grand Cru vineyard. Their excellence is testament to the skills of the winegrowing team, growers and chef de cave working together. The House offers a range of more than ten wines, each one notable for its exceptional balance, assertive vinous style, class and elegance. Together they celebrate the many different expressions of a quintessential Grand Cru Estate. Mailly’s chalky subsoil and predominance of north-facing slopes brings out a unique mineral freshness in the Pinot Noir, seamlessly melded with that vinous strength that is the mark of a thoroughbred Grand Cru. The Chardonnay blends in perfectly, adding characteristic finesse.

 

February is the time for blending – that magical, decisive moment when the die is cast. It is now the task of the tasting committee, guided by the chef de cave, to draw distinctions between a wide variety of aromas and tastes. More than 60 different wines are available for blending, including this year’s wines, reserve wines, oak-aged wines and many more. The aim is to create a cuvee rooted in harmony and elegance – a symphonic blend of aromas and flavours.

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Inside information

The chef de cave’s strength also rests on his detailed knowledge of the vineyard. He knows that every "lieu-dit" (named plot) has specific characteristics, and works with winegrowers to organize picking and pressing accordingly. He has a gift for selecting the most promising fruit, choosing from a wide variety of plots that he singles out for separate fermentation in small tanks and casks. This emphasis on single-vineyard cuvees provides the chef de cave with a range of exceptional still wines that hold the key to successful blending.

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19 different wines with 34 vintages

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 Rajiv Kehr, Pro (India)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  16 wines 

Some great Champagnes from 1990's decade

11d 15h ago

 James Aylward, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  22 wines 

Dom Perignon 1990, 1995, 1996 and 1998 + Krug 1996, 1998 and Clo du Mesnil 1996.

6m 7d ago

 Tam Dang, Wine Collector (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  14 wines 

Some very good champagnes from 1990's

6m 8d ago

 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  58 wines 

“Astonishing tasting of the best champagne of the decade '90s. So great champagnes in perfect condition to be enjoyed today but which hold extremely well decades to come! It was a tight battle of the 1st place. On my rankings there were two winners - Dom Pérignon P2 1995 and Cristal 1996. Both were amazing 98 points champagnes! The biggest surprises were Besserat de Bellefon 1998 and once again Palmer&Co champagnes with their charming quality and consistency.”

9m 4d ago

 Thomas Alsgaard, Pro (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  16 wines 

“Great champagnes like Dom Pérignon P3 1990, Krug Vintage 1998 and Palmer Vintage Collection 1995.”

9m 12d ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  20 wines 

“The Champagne of the Decade 1990's tasting - part I.”

9m 19d ago

 Richard Juhlin / The number One champagne expert in the world, Pro (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  77 wines 

“The best Champagnes from 2002 vintage: As in Bourgogne, this is a beautiful and generous vintage with a bright future in store. It
is the rst time that I start to feel a tad old in the game. Because I have tried the vintage before in my life! Yes, the 2002 is so strikingly similar to the 1982 that I think I can predict the vintage’s whole life curve. I believe in a very linear curve without ups and downs. The wine will eventually become more buttery and fatter, with a relatively high acidity, and it will do its job in silence. The wines will reach their top at twenty to thirty years of age. Most promising
so far are many growers such as Egly-Ouriet, Michel Arnould, Pierre Gimonnet & Fils, Jacques Selosse, and Diebolt-Vallois. Amour the Deutz, Piper-Heidsieck, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs, and Louis Roederer Cristal are pure nectar, but the most intellec- tually challenging are Jacquesson’s vineyard wines Champ Cain and Vauzelle de Terme.”

1y 1m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  29 wines 

“some weekly consumption. ”

2y 10m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  10 wines 

“Champanges drank in Champagne :D”

3y 11m ago

 Essi Avellan MW / Editor of the Champagne magazine, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  43 wines 

“Laurent-Perrier - Alexandra Rosé 1998, 95 points!”

4y 6m ago

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