Champagne Nicolas Maillart Grand Cru Jolivettes 2015

2015
Champagne
Champagne Nicolas Maillart
$63.00

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Our tasting impressions

Earlier in the year, this was like bathing in pure strawberry juice. More recently, the berries are less vivid but the fruit remains stunningly pure with added weight and body. Still very crisp due to no malos. I think if you looked up delicious in the dictionary, you would see a picture of Jolivettes. Definitely drink some now but try to hold some to track it’s glorious progress over the years.

 

About this wine

The first ever vintage of this 100% Pinot Noir Grand Cru 0.6 ha from Bouzy. The vines, planted in chalk from the Campanien in the late Cretaceous, have an average age of more than 30 years. They are managed biologically, bio-dynamically and classically as necessary - with respect for the rhythm of the plants.

Grapes are slowly and gently pressed using gravity-flow techniques. Vinification is in wooden vats and with regular battonage and there is no malolactic fermentation. Long aging also takes place in wooden vats. Bottled with no filtration. Dosage : 1 g/L. 4,000 bottles produced.

 

About the grape

Pinot Noir is an ancient grape from eastern France. Notoriously challenging, it thrives in cooler climates.  It is one of only two red grapes permitted in Champagne. Champagne from Pinot Noir tends to be richer and fuller, and some would argue, more elegant.

 

 About the vintage

The winter of 2015 was chilly and unstable. From April to mid-August the weather was consistently hot and dry. Cooler temps and rain in late August gave way to a gorgeous September. Acidity levels are low as expected from the heat but the grapes had remarkable balance. A consistently outstanding vintage.

 

On your table…

We enjoyed this immensely with hard boiled eggs topped with American caviar.  Drink at 50-55 degrees.  

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.