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Nicolas Maillart Jolivettes 2015

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Description & Technical Information
Nicolas Maillart is a family run business, it is now the turn of the ninth generation to take the reins, in the form of Nicolas, who returned in 2003 after completing his studies in engineering and oenology. Nicolas is building on an almost three hundred year-old tradition and maintaining the house philosophy of bringing out the full potential of the Champagne terroirs in the wines. The Maison only have vines in the Premier and Grand Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims, mostly planted halfway up the hillside, ideally located for producing excellent quality wines. In keeping with the region’s typicity, their vineyards contain a high proportion of Pinot Noir vines (75%) together with Chardonnay. Maillart is one of the first Champagne estates labelled both HEV, High Environmental Value and Sustainable Viticulture. These awards recognise their environmental and economic performance taking account of biodiversity, pest strategy and water management.

Nicolas Maillart sorts his wines according to the type of soil and age of the vines. Some wines ferment in oak barrels and may undergo malolatic fermentation if neccessary. This natural approach is the key in the cellar as well; the wines are fermented using wild yeasts and are neither filtered nor cold-stabilised.

A single vineyard "Les Jolivettes" vinified in small oak barrels and rested 8 months on lees before bottling. Just 3626 bottles were made.

Weather: A wet winter and mild spring gave way to an exceptionally dry summer from mid-May onwards. Hot weather prevailed until mid-August, when the skies opened again. Rains gave way to fine, cool, yet sunny weather for the first two weeks of harvest, which commenced on August 29th. The 2015 vintage has a lot of common denominators with the 2003 vintage but the 2015s are showing a better balance of weight and freshness with their average potential alcohol level of 10.5% and total acidity of 6.9 g/l. The quality and ageing capacity of the vintage has been questioned because of the low acidity, but to me the structure of the wine is not the problem. An average vintage and we need to see more releases before we will know for sure how good the big names will be in 2015.

Technical Information:
Vineyards: 100% Grand Cru | Bouzy
Grape Varieties: 100% Pinot Noir
Ageing: 3 years on the lees
Disgorged: September 2019
Dosage: 0 g/l
Drink: Now for 5+ years

Tasting Note: A powerful champagne, balanced by a serious vivacity. That is the global typicity of this champagne, representative of its origin, the heart of Bouzy.
Champagne Nicolas Maillart Overview
Expert Reviews
Jancis Robinson MW
“100% mass-selection Pinot Noir planted in 1987 in the middle of a south-facing slope, grown fairly biodynamically on a 0.6 ha single vineyard on chalk. Picked on 13 September with a potential alcohol of 11.3%. All fermented in oak and left for more than six months on the lees. No malo. Disgorged September 2019. Zero dosage. 3,626 bottles. A lot of information on a very readable back label. Chapeau!
Very pale copper colour. Not especially frothy to look at but it does rather explode in the mouth. Not as dramatic on the nose as the Roses de Jeanne or the Eric Rodez Blanc de Noirs. Rather mild impression on the nose, and indeed on the palate. Still a bit astringent. Not (yet?) beautifully integrated. Amazing that a wine with zero dosage can taste almost sweet. The Bouzy effect? Just seems slightly less intense than the other two Pinots in this collection.”
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