Nicolas Maillart les Loges 1er Cru NV
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100% pinot noir from a 1er Cru vineyard in Villers Allerand that is in the process of receiving its organic certification. Nicolas’ unique approach of barrel ageing the pinot for 10 months on lees is what really sets it apart. It comes across as an almost chewy wine, more of meal than a drink. As famed wine critic and Champagne expert, Richard Juhlin stated,“Maillart may be considered as one of Champagnes leading growers now and if he continues like this, the 5-stars soon will be a reality.” Find out what all the fuss is about, we promise you, this Champagne is worth it.
“There are also hints of papaya, aroma apples, blood grape, geranium and a chewable chalk. Wow!!!”
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