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.