Nicolas Maillart Mont Martin 2015, Champagne

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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Nicolas Maillart ‘Les Montchenots’, Champagne

2016 base with 20% 2015. 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier from Villers-Allerand. 50% Barrel fermented.

Maillart’s wines retain clarity and succulence despite the breadth and richness of the fruit. Bay, orange zest and sweet, woody honey notes over dried peach sweetness and apple turnover. A spot of fresh, delicate raspberry too. It is punchy but fresh, delivered with some silkiness and refinement – so hard for blanc de noirs. 2016s do seem to hold more clarity of flavour than many 2015s for the black grapes. 16.5

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