White - Sparkling

2016 Nicolas Maillart Champagne Premier Cru Mont Martin

Pinot Meunier

  • France
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Premier Cru
Drink between 2022 - 2030 (Edit)
CT97 5 reviews
Label borrowed from 2015
Label borrowed from 2017

Community Tasting Notes 5

  • csimm1161 wrote:

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): A steelier showing this time around. It either didn’t like the stemware it was crowded in, which disabled it from spreading its wings and offering up the depth I’ve come accustomed to enjoying from this wine, or it was just in a more furrowed-brow mood. This was a quick pour and I had less time to evaluate it before moving on to the stockpile of other wines we were throwing around that night. Perhaps careless service on my part. I’ll have to report back after the next at-home test.

  • brigcampbell wrote:

    April 23, 2021 - Book Club - Reunited (Steve's Place): Blind: lost in space - thought it was a 3 varietal blend - probably a big house. The end.

    I really like this wine because it has bits and pieces of everything. There's a bit of dosage but not out of control and the wood treatment is balanced with the fruit and acid. My favorite of the flight. The amount of CO2 kicked off is amazing, stuck my nose in for a whiff and there was no oxygen and I gasped. Not a good sight. The aromas were pronounced. yellow, red, and green fruit with a touch of caramel.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    April 22, 2021 - Bookclub--Wines Tasted Blind: Poured blind. And I purposely arrayed this Maillart right in between two different disgorgements of Mousse's Mon Village, which is a perpetualle blend of Pinot Meunier. And as this Maillart being composed of Pinot Meunier, it created additional context with those two wines, too. The Mon Village is non-dose, whereas the Maillart has 4 g/l of dosage and is also raised in wood, which helped add even more contrast. Disgorged June 2020. Ultimately, the Maillart stuck out as richer, citrusy more flashy and seductive with peaches, pears, lime and some chalk. I liked the Maillart but ultimately the 2018 disgorgement of the Mousse Mon Village beat the Maillart for me.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 97 points

    January 7, 2021 - From premier cru vines planted in 1972, the Nicolas Maillart 2016 Mont Martin is an extraordinary 100% Pinot Meunier Extra Brut that immediately impresses for its classy and harmonious flavor-display of Mirabelle plum, yellow pear skin, ginger root, bruised Meyer lemon skin, Rainier cherry, plantain, and smoked sea salt flavors. It’s an exquisitely suave example, with Maillart’s take on this somewhat pastoral varietal judiciously utilizing the 4g/L dosage in such a way that it instantly tames any perception of would-be rusticity and instead presents with total class and sophistication. A James Bond smooth operator (think Roger Moore in For Your Eyes Only; not the stoic and pouty Daniel Craig), the Mont Martin cunningly blends cerebral wine-geek academia with the instant emotive indulgence one seeks to achieve every time the initial sip of a bubbly first hits the palate. Finishes as it starts, with a focused seamlessness that maintains energy and cut without striking any hard edges or angularity. It is without a doubt the best Pinot Meunier Champagne I’ve ever had.

    While the rest of the professional world might be goo-gooing over the next vintage of BevMo big-lot Champagnes with overly-frosted Beverley Hills name recognition, I’ll be in the corner searching out more of Maillart’s 2016 Mont Martin, as well as a few other gems from his lineup of current releases.

    Helpful hint: For a badass Chardonnay version of the Mont Martin, see if you can cobble together some bottles of the sibling Les Chaillots Gillis Extra Brut BdB (2012). Armed with those two Champagnes, you’ll be the cat’s meow at your next superfly shmancy soiree… Or better yet, hoard the bottles for yourself for the next lazy day you’re home all by your lonesome in your man-pajama-onesie and decide to pound down a tub of salty popcorn while watching A View to a Kill.

    97+ points. Drink now if you value the extra freshness of a young Champ, or hold with confidence over the next 7-10+ years. Disgorged 04/2020.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • VDLT Wine Likes this wine:

    January 6, 2021 - Drunk over time and that was a good thing! First try, it was fruity, tangy and deep but much too primary and simple. A few days later, it has added weight and is more tightly knit and homogeneous. This is beautifully balanced and terrific!

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Nicolas Maillart
  • Varietal Pinot Meunier
  • Designation Mont Martin
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne Premier Cru

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  • Pending Delivery 1 (2%)
  • In Cellars 43 (83%)
  • Consumed 8 (15%)

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