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Mailly Les Echansons 2012
The title "Echanson" was given to the officer in charge of the wine service at the Court of the Kings of France.
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The village of Mailly was classified Grand Cru in the early 20th century. This is where Champagne Mailly is located, in the heart of Montagne de Reims and precisely 14km from the eponymous town. Founded in 1929 by several winegrowing families, its history is resolutely different and illustrates the ambition and dynamism that has always reigned in the Champagne region. Even today, the House Mailly continues to shine thanks to its splendid vintages that combine finesse and elegance.
What is the history of the House of Champagne Mailly?
When the 1929 crisis arrives in France, a total of 25 winegrowing families will decide to face it by joining forces. They then founded the Society of Producers of Mailly Champagne and made the choice to make Champagne wines from only the grapes of their village classified as Grand Cru, with the aim of glorifying this terroir already considered at the time as exceptional. Welded by these difficult beginnings, the winemakers will manage to make their Champagne known throughout France and from the 1960s, the commercial development of the House Mailly will become a great success.
What is the terroir of Maison Mailly?
The village of Mailly is surrounded by the famous Grands Crus de Ludes, Verzenay and Verzy. The House Mailly has to date 70 hectares of vines on this village alone. The vines are 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay, planted on chalky soils on hillsides that benefit from adequate sunshine and allow the grapes to reach full maturity. Today, there are no less than 80 winemakers who maintain the vineyards of this illustrious house of Champagne.
In addition, in the basement, the House Mailly has 7 floors of cellars and 1 kilometer of chalk. These cellars were dug into the chalk and by hand from 1929 to 1965 by the founding winemakers, who at the same time built vaulted cellars ideal for aging bottles.
The emblematic cuvées of Maison Mailly
Each cuvée of Maison Mailly illustrates in its own way the greatness of this chalky terroir, and they all share that characteristic freshness.
The Blanc de Pinot Noir Grand Cru cuvée is lively, gourmand and expressive, perfect for whetting your appetite with an aperitif but also with a gourmet meal.
L'exception Blanche is a Champagne Blanc de Blancs born to shine. Composed of 50% Chardonnay from Domaine to 50% Chardonnay from Côte des blancs in Grand Cru, it is round, mineral and on the fruit, and will exalt any connoisseur.
How can we not mention the cuvée Les Echansons 2012, a reflection of the best that the Mailly terroir has to offer in the best years. With great aromatic richness, smooth and generous, it is a great Champagne that does not leave one indifferent and will accompany refined dishes.
Critics Mailly Les Echansons 2012.
Description Mailly Les Echansons 2012.
It is a champagne made only during very great years with exceptional climatic conditions. It is a blend champagne coming exclusively from Grand Cru classified villages and 75% planted with Pinot Noir grapes and 25% with Chardonnay grapes. The cuvée is vintage.
The harvest is manual and the Cellar Master carried out the double alcoholic and malolactic fermentation.
The edition is limited and operated in special numbered bottles. The bottles are then taken down to the cellar and placed on slats, sheltered from light and noise for optimal aging.
The name of the cuvée "les échansons" is a nod to the name given to the Officer in charge of the wine service at the court of the Kings of France. He was responsible for managing the cellar, choosing the wines and tasting them to make them appreciated.
The color is bright gold with amber reflections.
The first attack on the nose reveals aromas of pears and plums with a few touches of Menton lemons and mandarins harmoniously melted in delicate notes of almonds, pastries, acacia honey and caramel.
The palate is a real kaleidoscope of flavors of small red berries such as black cherry from Itxassou from the Basque Country, wild strawberry, gariguette or marrât from Dordogne, gently underlined by buttery, spicy notes with a pleasantly mineral finish.
Food / wine pairing: an exceptional Grand Cru to pair with langoustine ravioli, lobster risotto or pan-fried foie gras (a very quick turn just golden) or scallops with truffles, not to mention a chicken de Bresse with morels or even some small game birds.