Pinot Meunier from the Mont Martin vineyard in Villers-Allerand, in the hot, dry 2015 vintage. Harvested on the 10th September at 10.75% potential alcohol. 6 months in barrel without malolactic fermentation. Disgorged August 2019 with 0g/l dosage.

The heat of 2015 has made it quite tricky for Blanc de Noirs from what I’ve tasted, but the two I’ve had from Maillart both present the power and richness of their fruit with some delicacy and freshness. Pear skin, sweet-natured apricot, redcurrant coulis, gentle spice. You don’t feel the pinch, or the bumpy landing, of zero dosage because the texture and extraction is so nicely restrained. This will even take a bit more time on cork. 16.5

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