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    14:52 PM
  • Wine average?

    89 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    633
  • Region Ranking?

    97
  • Popularity ranking?

    205

History

Our family association with vine-growing can be traced back to 1753, when our ancestors grew vines in the neighbouring village of Chamery; although there is a document that suggests the tradition goes back even further, referring to a “measure of vines” in 1533 that was mapped out by Pierre Maillart, a sworn surveyor working in Chamery for Saint Nicaise abbey.

 

It is now the turn of the ninth generation to take the reins, in the form of Nicolas, who returned in 2003 after completing his studies in engineering and oenology. He is thus perpetuating an almost three hundred year-old tradition and maintains our house philosophy of bringing out the full potential of the Champagne terroirs in our wines. Since 2009, we commit ourselves to a little more respect for the environment by building 130 square meters of photovoltaic panels, which represent a production equivalent to 90% of our consumption. Our carbon footprint is greatly reduced.

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Vineyards

We only have vines in the Premier and Grand Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims. Having long since settled in the area and become wholly familiar with the vineyards, our ancestors were able to keep and select the best terroirs. Added to which, our vines are well-established, mostly planted halfway up the hillside an ideally located for producing excellent quality wines.

In keeping with the region’s typicity, our vineyards contain a high proportion of Pinot Noir vines (75%) together with Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir providing power and substance to complement the finesse of the Chardonnay.

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Winemaking

In the winery, we pay particular attention to the first few hours in making a wine. We regularly monitor its progress by tasting and gear subsequent practices accordingly. Vinification and maturing are carried out either in vats or in the barrel depending on the source of the grapes. Our reserve wines are also partly matured in barrels to increase their complexity.

When the time comes for blending, we therefore have a wide variety of wines to choose from, enabling us to make Champagnes of a consistent quality whilst also being able to set aside those that are highly original and particularly expressive. Once bottled, the magic of the sparkle emerges and the reward is Champagne!! But our work doesn’t stop there; laying down in the cellar for a long period enhances the potential of our wines. We then carry out the disgorging process, followed by a further few months in the cellar before labelling and packaging.

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Inside information

This plot of vines has an unusual history that’s worth mentioning. It takes us back to the early 20th centyry and the damage caused by the phylloxera crisis following which the vineyards, including this particular plot, were gradually replanted with grafted stock. However, my father noticed that many plants died except those that had developed their own root system. On the basis of this observation, he decided, in 1973, to replant this entire plot with mass selection, non-grafted Pinot Noir, as it had originally been.

Over thirty years later, the vines are still alive and producing premium-quality grapes. Planted halfway up the hillside in sandy soil, this parcel had been spared the phylloxera disease. So we decided to make a specific champagne from, but only in truly great years. This champagne is a reflection of our estate and our vocation to bring out the flavours of the terroirs of Champagne.

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 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . 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  1 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . 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!

3m 14d ago

 Essi Avellan MW , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . In a tasting of  50 wines 

Champagne Magazine's 100 Best Champagnes 2021 -tasting day II.

6m 21h ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . In a tasting of  72 wines 

Champagne Magazines 100 Best Champagnes 2020 -tasting day III.

1y 1m ago

 Richard Juhlin , Wine Writer (Sweden)  tasted  1 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . In a tasting of  26 wines 

Moet & Chandon vintage 2012 / A stylish and very promising vintage where elegance and finesse are stronger keywords than power and concentration. Chardonnay dominates the overall impression at the launch as the Pinot grapes work more as a structural moderator in the first years. Delicate polished buttery and spring floral notes dance beautifully over the tongue in a lovely youthful harmony.

1y 8m ago

 Edward Cuvée, Pro (Finland)  tasted  7 wines  from  Nicolas Maillart . In a tasting of  7 wines 

“Visited Nicolas Maillart. Such a nice guy making awesome champagnes!”

6y 11m ago

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