Champagne Nicolas Maillart Brut 1er Cru Platine

Champagne Nicolas Maillart

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 Our tasting impressions

A Champagne that provides immense pleasure. So much so that it almost masks the great quality and sophistication of this outstanding NV Brut. Beautifully balanced, it boasts notable purity of fruit flavors. Over the years, it has garnered a legion of devoted fans, who can't seem to have enough of it in their cellars.

About this wine

This non-vintage Brut is a mix of 1er & Grand Cru grapes mostly from Écueil and some from Villers Allerand and Bouzy.  The vines are more than 25 years old in clay and limestone soil. The composition is 64% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 16% Pinot Meunier. Forty percent of the blend is from reserve wine.


The grapes are slowly and gently pressed using gravity-flow techniques. Fermentation is in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and in barrel for the reserve wines. Aged three years on its lees with 40% in oak barrels. Disgorged by hand and laid down for 3 months. 


As an aperitif, serve at about 46-50 degrees or with a meal at 50-55.

Champagne Nicolas Maillart

The Maillart Family has been farming grapes in the village of Montagne de Reims since at least 1753, though there is evidence that they may have been associated with these vineyards 200 years prior.

Nicolas (9th generation) has been in charge since 2003. He is deeply committed to sustainable farming. Maillart is one of the first Champagne estates labeled both HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale or High Environmental Value in English) and sustainable viticulture. His installation of photovoltaic panels resulted in energy production almost equaling their usage.

The 8.5-hectare estate of only 1er and Grand Cru vineyards in Bouzy, Ecueil and Villers-Allerand are planted to 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay.  All of their plots are well-situated about halfway up their respective slopes.

In the cellar, fermentation and maturation can occur either in tank, barrel or both depending on the source. The result is a variety of styles for creating blends, as well as the option of producing a wine from a single, particularly impressive batch of grapes. Six different cuvées are produced.