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Our tasting impressions
Such a fabulous reprise for this Blanc de Noirs. The nose offers quite a bit more fruit than I recall from 2015. This could use some more cellar time to present all its charms. Re-tasting a few days later, there is considerably more weight and more tightly knit. Varietal Meunier wines are gaining in popularity and this terrific entry demonstrates why that is.
About this wine
The second vintage of this 100% Pinot Meunier from a single 1er Cru 1.8 ha plot (selection Massale) in Villers Allerand. The vines, planted in marl and limestone from the Thanetien period, planted in 1972. They are managed biologically, bio-dynamically and classically as necessary - all with respect for the 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. Aging is on the lees in new French oak for 6 months. Dosage : 4g/l. Disgorged 4/2020. About 4,400 bottles produced, compared with 15,000 the previous year .
About the grape
PInot Meunier also know as Meunier is the least known of the Champagne grapes despite being the second most planted. It is mostly used for blending with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - adding bright fruit. It is dark-skinned and related to Pinot Noir. It ripens early and tolerates cooler climates so it is a dependable crop in tough vintages.
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.