Nicolas Maillart Brut Rose Champagne

SKU #1398298 93 points John Gilman

 The current release of the Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé is the same bottling that I reported on last October, and I strongly urge readers to search out this lovely bottle of Rosé before it disappears from the market. The wine offers up an outstanding bouquet of blood orange, cherries, bread dough, chalky minerality and orange peel. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a fine core of fruit, very elegant and vibrant bubbles, impeccable focus and balance and great length and grip on the snappy finish. The acids here are zesty, but beautifully ripe and simply buried in the core of the wine, making this young Brut Rosé already a great drink- though it will have no difficulty aging another ten to fifteen years or more. Very impressive!  (7/2011)

92 points Wine Spectator

 There's a powerful backbone of acidity, but this is well-knit with flavors of black cherry preserves, spiced plum, biscuit, smoke and citrus peel. Vivacious, offering a nice thread of minerality through to the creamy finish. (AN)  (12/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Rose Brut is delicate and elegant on the nose, with some coffee flavors. This is very pure and fresh, with subtle fruit aromas. Pretty harsh and austere on the palate, as well as a bit rustic and drying in the finish. This needs food. (SR)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

This all Bouzy Grand Cru rosé Champagne is composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. It gets its color from 7% of Bouzy rouge. It is a rosé Champagne that strikes a perfect balance between characterful orange peel, red cherry fruit and fabulous, long, chalky minerality on the dry finish. A class act! -Gary Westby


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By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2019 | Send Email
Imagine taking a big whiff of a freshly baked raspberry tart on a summer's day and when it cools down, adding fresh whipped cream to take a big bite. The bite is creamy and toasty with loads of baking spices from the crust and cream. The raspberries are sweet but tart in the middle, making all the flavors pop. That is how I experienced my first sip of the Maillart rosé. A rich, creamy, spice filled nose and palate is heightened by tart red summer berry flavors. Brambly, but rich with hints of orange zest and classic chalky minerality.

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12