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NICOLAS MAILLART: Ecueil, Champagne
Our family association with vine-growing can be traced back to 1753, when our ancestors grew vines in the neighbouring village of Chamery; although there is a document that suggests the tradition goes back even further, referring to a “measure of vines” in 1533 that was mapped out by Pierre Maillart, a sworn surveyor working in Chamery for Saint Nicaise abbey.
It is now the turn of the ninth generation to take the reins, in the form of Nicolas, who returned in 2003 after completing his studies in engineering and oenology. He is thus perpetuating an almost three hundred year-old tradition and maintains our house philosophy of bringing out the full potential of the Champagne terroirs in our wines.
'I do not make sparkling wine, I make Champagne...’ Nicolas - Winemaker
We only have vines in the Premier and Grand Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims. Having long since settled in the area and become wholly familiar with the vineyards, our ancestors were able to keep and select the best terroirs. In keeping with the region’s typicity, our vineyards contain a high proportion of Pinot Noir vines (65%) together with Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir providing power and substance to complement the finesse of the Chardonnay.
Located at Ecueil, near Reims, Maillart Champagne. our vines are well-established, mostly planted halfway up the hillside and ideally located for producing excellent quality wines which now proudly are classed as Organic.