Our tasting impressions
This is a new rendition of this wine and easily the best we have tasted of it. Pale color with a beautiful strawberry nose. It has terrific length, pure fruit flavors and is really very elegant. A splendid Rosé to drink now or cellar mid-term.
About this wine
The 25 year old Grand Cru vineyards in clay and limestone for this Rosé are from Bouzy. The composition is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay harvested in 2014.
Maceration on the skins for 52 hours then slow, gentle pressing using gravity-flow techniques. Maillart produces the red wine for his Rosé in oak barrels from Chateau Margaux. Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and 50% in oak barrel. Disgorged May 2019. Dosage: 6 g/l.
On your table
The skin contact creates added body so consider richer, fattier foods. We suggest slow roasted salmon or veal scallopini in a butter pan sauce. As an aperitif, serve at about 45-50 degrees or with a meal at 50-55.
Suggested Glassware: Grassl Mineralité
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.