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Nicolas Maillart, Premier Cru Platine Extra Brut NV
France / Sparkling

Nicolas Maillart, Premier Cru Platine Extra Brut NV

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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. 

'Platine' is comprised of 57% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Meunier.

Country
France
Sub-Region
Montagne de Reims
Region
Champagne
Varieties
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier
Farming
Sustainable
Soil
Clay, chalk
Winemaking
70% aged in barrel, 30% aged in stainless steel. Aged sur latte for 3 years, bottled as Extra Brut with 3.5g/L