Our “Champagne of the Month” for May 2015 is the Cuvée Les Francs de Pied 2008 by Champagne Nicolas Maillart from the village of Éceuil on the Montagne de Reims.
Controlling 8 ½ hectares, predominantly in Éceuil with plots also in Bouzy and Villers-Allerand, Nicolas is the 9th generation of his family working the land.
This wine is from a single plot “Les Francs de Pied” of old, ungrafted, Pinot Noir vines. Planted on sandy soil in 1973, the plot is exposed on a south facing slope.
Vinified entirely in oak – fût de chênes, following a slow, gravity-flow pressing, this wine benefits from a long maturation process with regular bâtonnage. There is no malolatic fermentation, no filtration and a low dosage of 2gl.
As a result, this wine is a seductive deep golden colour, intense with earthy notes, caramel and ripe fruit – in fact pears and tarte-tartin spring to mind! This wine was twice tasted at “Les Artisans du Champagne” salon, the second tasting by means of carafe where the wine became even richer with tropical fruits, vanilla and spices. Tasted again a couple of days later when we popped in at the domaine where we were treated with excellent hospitality and were able to re-confirm that this is a wonderful champagne! Perhaps still a little young it will be worth keeping cellared for a few more years but if patience isn’t your strongest virtue, we would definitely recommend a carafe which will help open the wine up.
Price at source €62.00
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