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Our tasting impressions
Talk about terroir-driven wine and letting the vintage speak!, on my first taste, I was astounded at how much bigger and richer this was than last year's. So much so, that I asked Nicolas if he, once again, blocked the malos. "Indeed," he said, "it's just what nature gave us in 2016." The overall impression is more length, depth and a bit more serious and perhaps more age-worthy. What is the same?, well it is still a delicious, with the pure, red fruit strutting its stuff. Outstanding!
About this wine
The second vintage of this 100% Pinot Noir (selection Massale) 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 with spontaneous fermentation in new French oak and with regular battonage. There is no malolactic fermentation. Aging is on the lees for 6 months in new French oak. Dosage : 2 g/l. Disgorged 9/2020. Only 3,640 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
2016 was a challenging vintage but quality is very high. Spring frost and hail reduced yields. Heavy rain followed into July. Things dried in August but then temperatures soared. Pre-harvest rain was the final complication. Pinot Noir and, to a somewhat lesser extent, Meunier were the top performers.
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.