Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book: Champagne grower to look out for in 2017 (& 18, 2019 and 2020!): Nicolas Maillart. Rising star Nicolas Maillart is technically a nègociant (NM) house not a grower, but buys only grapes from his family, and cultivates all the domaine himself. Experienced in Oregon, S Africa and Burgundy, Nicolas is quietly buzzing with creativity, coaxing the best grapes and wine. Replanting is massal selection, selected cuttings from the estate, not bought-in clones. Quite a far flung domaine, 18.5ha in total, based in Ecueil but in Bouzy and Villers-Allerand too. An emphasis on sustainability and certified HVE (Haute Valeur Environnementale). Clever winemaking with stainless steel and oak and control of malolactic. Barrels come from the Bize-Leroy Domaine d Auveney in Burgundy. Production about 150,000 bottles and no fruit sold to houses. Founding member of the Artisans de Champagne group. We are delighted to be showing two new single vineyard releases: a 100% Meunier 2015 and a new wine from Bouzy.
Exclusive to the UK via Scala Wine, this producer sits in the elite of single estate (‘grower’) champagne. Jean-Pierre Vazart has 11ha of vines, all in the grand cru rated village Chouilly on the Cote des Blancs. All of his wines are therefore ‘grands crus’. Jean-Pierre is restless, driven, and obsesses about quality and the […]
Miniere’s barrel-fermented champagnes are increasingly in connoisseur’s sights. Brothers Frédéric and Rodolphe Minière (hence F & R) only began to sell their champagnes in 2014 and made their own wine from only 3ha of their 8ha estate in Hermonville, north of Reims. The rest of the grapes were sold off but they are expanding each […]
Champagne Nathalie Falmet is based in Rouvres-les-Vignes on the eastern edge of Champagne s Aube. After a Paris XI degree in chemistry she qualified as an oenologue (wine scientist) in 1993 and runs her Bar-sur-Aube consulting laboratory she founded in 1994 before she took over the family estate. The estate is tiny (3.2ha, making some […]