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Sébastien Moncuit, new comer

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.

The House of Mailly inherits a cen- turies-old tradition of winemaking, in a village that was first classified Grand Cru in 1920.

The vineyard has retained that much-coveted status for nearly one hundred years, fuelling the spirit of enterprise that has inspired this House since its foundation in 1929.

Shaking off the hardships of the Great Depression, Mailly Champagne Grand Cru is a testament to the power of positive thinking in the face of adversity.

 

It is now more than 80 years since the founders of this association put their vision to the test. In that time, the House of Mailly has weathered the storms of the 20th century to emerge as one of the brightest lights on the Champagne scene - resounding proof that the business is still firmly headed in the right direction.

Mailly Champagne has soul, one carefully nurtured today by a new generation of winegrowers who cherish independent thought just like their forefathers.

Seventy hectares owned by 25 families make up a single holding Grand Cru vineyard where the separate vinification of selected parcels makes for a hugely varied range of wines.

With a potential annual production capacity of 500,000 bottles, Mailly Grand Cru is a rare gem among Champagne Houses – one with a thousand different facets that must be polished daily to keep it twinkling brightest of all.

All at Mailly Champagne share one over-riding commitment: to make a great festive wine, born of passion and conviction, a tribute to the collective talents of the people on whom its success depends – a Champagne to make our distributors proud and our customers forever happy.

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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.

 

Reserve wines are this estate’s particular forte. The House boasts a unique collection of still wines that express the significant variations between harvests, some stored in small tanks others in tuns.

Wines from more than ten distinct vintages are at the chef de cave’s disposal to use as required when blending.

Reserve wines are extraordinarily aromatic and complex, providing an invaluable complement to the wines of the year.

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.

This vaulted cellar is part of a kilometre- long network of crayères that were dug from the chalk by the estate’s founding fathers over a period of more than 30 years. Working every winter from 1929 to 1965, with only pickaxes for tools, they created the perfect environment to mature their Grand Cru champagnes.

It is here that Mailly champagnes develop their effervescence, stored at a constant temperature of 12°C.

And here they will remain for many years to come, buried 19 metres underground in the cool, silent ambiance of these historic chalk

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Inside information

After the ravages of World War I came the market crash of 1929 that plunged the world into Depression.

In response, a group of intrepid winegrowers founded the association of Mailly Champagne producers, joining forces under a motto that sums up everything they stood for:

‘à la tête par la main’

(together we can make it happen).

They bravely determined to make richly expressive wines from fruit grown exclusively in the vineyards of their particular Grand Cru village.

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.

The vines today are lovingly tended by some 80 winegrowers, all descended from that handful of men who together established this estate and resolved to prove the magnificent potential of the Mailly terroir.

With this goal in mind, they have for many years now applied sustainable methods of cultivation – good for the soil and good for the environment.

Every plot is managed with the greatest of care, and a common devotion to superior-quality fruit.

 

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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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  30 wines 

100 Best Champagnes 2022 tasting – day 1 behind. Very solid line-up with a handful of super gems! Cuvée R. Lalou 2006 (96p) is still hard to beat although Comtes de Champagne 2011 (95p) did well despite the challenging vintage. Armand de Brignac Brut Rosé (93p) was the best rosé ACE I recall having. For roses, Charles Heidsieck Rosé Réserve NV (94p) is superb find for the value!

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 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  56 wines 

The Champagne Magazine's "The 100-Best Champagnes 2022" tasting - Day 2.

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 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  20 wines 

Salon Oenothèque 1961 / 99 points / If I was close to crying in disappointment over the 66' on the Tidelius tasting, the tears really came in the next flight when this bottle disgorged at the same time and with exactly the same low dosage was so lovely that the emotions overflowed. In fact, this wonderfully youthful champagne is the bottle that most reminded me of the world's best wine 1928 Pol Roger Grauves. Here was the same unlikely contrast between youthfulness and nicely mature notes. The scent is so unreal with its euphoric pheromone-like perfume uplifted by linden, geranium, lily of the valley, acacia, ginger, fresh tarragon, mint, lime peel and Sorrento lemon. Glass-clear brilliance and laser-sharp sharpness and precision. Caressing with faint undertones of vanilla, brioche and roasting. Pure flint mineral finesse and swirling little pearl necklace bubbles that dance ballet in the palate. What is missing in relation to 28' Grauves is a well thickened oiliness that may come in twenty years or so. Imagine that a 51-year-old can personify snowmelt, spring winter and the rebirth of life.

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  8 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  198 wines 

Wow, the 100 Best Champagnes ranking for 2021 is launched. It was such a pleasure to be part of the tasting panel and experience the great overall quality of all the champagnes. Such a superb line-up from prestige champagnes to non-vintages from Grands Maisons to growers and coops. Where there any surprises? Hell yes, check out the rankings and you'll see!

11m 7d ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  25 wines 

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1y 11d ago

 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  47 wines 

100 Best Champagne semifinals continue.... Some great surprises, such as Alfred Gratien Brut Millésime 2007!

1y 1m ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  50 wines 

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 Juha Lihtonen / The Best Scandinavian Sommelier 2003, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  40 wines 

The hard work of assessing hundreds of champagnes for The 100 Best Champagnes 2021 has started! First tasting session behind. Great champagnes with very consistent quality.

1y 2m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  40 wines 

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1y 2m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW , Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  21 wines 

New year's eve brought me a real challenge: I was asked to name a number of "regular" Brut Champagne of renowned houses to be recommended for the readers of a German newspaper. As I had only two hours to answer, I realized I should taste some of the well known names in the new year to get an overview what is available in the market for non vintage Brut and Rosé. The tasting showed some surprises, a quite high level and a quite homogenous one as well. Therefore the blind tasting, hold with some wine friends in Berlin, was not only work but provided some fun too.

1y 9m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Champagne Mailly Grand Cru . In a tasting of  33 wines 

Salon 1945 / 95 points / I hardly dare to imagine what a bottle like this might be worth. It was a bit scary when we pulled the cork and the mousse seemed to be absent. When we poured the wine we saw a little shower of minute bubbles that later returned as gorgeous stimulation on the tongue. The aroma is older than the flavour. In it there is fallen fruit, tar, rancid butter and leather. Luckily this wine has such authority and strength that its lovely ethereal aspects outweigh the destructive powers of time. The shockwave of marmelade-like fruitiness and laughably distinct walnut make us happy again. Phenomenally long.

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