Nicolas Maillart, Champagne Grand Cru, Rosé Brut NV
Appellation: Champagne Grand Cru
Varietal(s): 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
About The ProducerNicolas Maillart (9th generation) continues the almost 300-year-old tradition of this Grower Champagne house. The family has 16-heactares in the Montagne de Reims with holdings in 1er Cru and Grand Cru villages that include Bouzy, Eceuil and Villers-Allerand. The estate cultivates a special plot of Massal Selection Pinot Noir planted in 1973. Nicolas practices sustainable agriculture increasing the estate’s biodiversity using pest management strategies, and water management systems.
Terroir & Vineyard Practices:The estate contains a high proportion of Pinot Noir vines (75%) together with Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir providing power and substance to complement the finesse of the Chardonnay. All of the grapes come from Grand Cru Bouzy sites with chalk soil. The vines are 30 years-old.
Tasting NotesA beautiful salmon-pink color with a fine, lingering bead. On the nose intense notes of fruit (ripe and from the forest floor). Wonderfully fresh on the palette. An elegant champagne.
VinificationMaceration on skins for 52 hours with a slow, gentle pressing using gravity-flow techniques. Vinification in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats and a period in the barrel for a certain volume of reserve wines. Average two-year maturing period in the bottle. Disgorged by hand and laid down for at least three months before entering the market. Dosage: 6 g/litre.
- 92 points - Wine Advocate: "The new release of Maillart's NV Brut Rosé Grand Cru is based on the 2015 vintage, complemented by one-third reserve wines, and was disgorged in October 2019 with six grams per liter dosage. Bursting from the glass with expressive aromas of ripe red apples, pears, plums and fresh bread, it's fleshy and enveloping, with an ample core of fruit, ripe but racy acids and a nicely defined finish. Vinous and charming, it's a blend of 60% Pinot Noir (some 7% of which is still red wine) and 40% Chardonnay, all from Bouzy."- William Kelley, Wine Advocate
- "In this pale colored rosé, the palate is as light as the color. It is crisp and fresh while the dosage gives a soft, ripe strawberry flavor. The wine is in balance, with a touch of tannin from the Pinot Noir used to make the rosé. The bottle needs no aging."- Wine Enthusiast