Champagne Nicolas Maillart Extra Brut 1er Cru 2012

Champagne Nicolas Maillart

More Wines from Champagne Nicolas Maillart

 Our tasting impressions

It's fascinating how this manages to be so bright and lively while at the same time, so very dry. I find this has more yeast characteristics than his other wines. The mousse is truly elegant. Maillart performed magnificently in 2012.

About this wine

A blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay from vineyards in Ecueil (Premier Cru) and Bouzy (Grand Cru).  The vines are more than 30 years old in a variety of soils. Clay and limestone are predominant with sand to a lesser extent. The harvest was on 9/20 and 10/3. A third or more of the blend is reserve wine.


Sixty percent of the grapes were fermented in new French oak and the rest in steel tank at controlled temperature. Aged more than 6 months on its lees without malolactic fermentation. Disgorged by hand in August 2020. Dosage: 4 g/l.


About the vintage

2012 is an outstanding vintage in Champagne. Early frost and hail reduced the crop resulting in very healthy but concentrated grapes. The rest of the growing season was pristine so ripeness and acidity were in fine balance.


Suggested Glassware: Grassl Mineralité

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.