Les Maillerettes Bouzy Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs 2016

Pierre Paillard Vintage 2016 Bottle Sizes 750ml Country France Region Champagne Appellation Champagne (Montagne de Reims) Wine Type Sparkling Varietals Pinot Noir Farming Sustainable Vineyard Les Maillerettes is a 0.32 hectare vineyard planted by Antoine and Quentin's grandfather in in 1970. The old vines from the vineyard are used for replanting Pinot Noir on the family's parcels by way of sélection massale. Soil Thick clay over chalk subsoils. Viticulture Vineyards are farmed using organic methods since 2011. For the 20 years proceeding 2011, sustainable practices were used to gain a balance of soils; no fertilizers for over 15 years, natural grass covering between rows, two years to regain soil before replanting any vines. Yields are controlled. Vinification **Antoine is beginning to experiment with cement egg fermentation. We tasted the "Vin Clair" out of egg and the wine showed great purity, minerality and exuberance.** Les Maillerettes was vinified in stainless steel using only the first press and the heart of the cuvée. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentations, the wine was kept on its lees for eight months until bottled. The champagne is aged in the cave 16 meters below ground at a constant 10°C. The combination of a second slow fermentation (2 months) and 5 years of sur lies ageing crafts a wine of balance and finesse. Aging Aged for 60 months sur lattes. Bottled extra-brut with 1.8 grams per liter of dosage. Production Very limited. Back to Current Releases