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Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne

SKU #1398280 92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark With vines on the Montagne de Reims, this producer has a good line in Pinot Noir, which forms 85% of the blend. The wine is rich while well balanced and ripe. Now with just the right amount of bottle aging, it is full in the mouth, showing attractive apple and ripe pear flavors. The aftertaste is soft and fresh. (RV) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Honeycrisp apple, orchard blossom and spun honey notes are ripe and aromatic in this finely knit Champagne, framed by mouthwatering acidity and a tang of salinity. Creamy, with rich hints of toasted almond and smoke on the lasting finish. (AN) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

91 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The current release of Nicolas Maillart 'Platine' non-vintage Brut was disgorged in March of 2018 and finished with a dosage of six grams per liter. The wine offers up a lovely and expressive nose of apple, a touch of lemon zest, chalky minerality, wheat toast, white flowers and a touch of gentle smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, fullbodied and nicely snappy with acidity, with a good core, frothy mousse and fine focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. This is a lovely wine of impeccable balance and blossoming complexity- a fine example of non-vintage Brut. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Light yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of Meyer lemon, blood orange, jasmine and green tea; smells like there's more Chardonnay in here. Taut and sharply focused, offering crackling citrus fruit and underripe pear flavors that put on weight with air. Finishes energetic and dry, with suave floral and chalky mineral qualities. (JR) Inner quote mark (1/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The NV Premier Cru Platine Brut is from vineyards in Bouzy, Eceuil and Villers Allerand and blends 78% Pinot Noir with 16% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Meunier. The actual release is based on the 2014 vintage, complemented with 35% of reserve wines aged in barrels. Bottled in July 2015, this cuvée was disgorged in December 2017 with a dosage of six grams per liter. Pure and fresh on the nose, with nutty and toasty flavors, this is an elegant, nicely lean and fruity as well as very stimulating Brut to be served as an aperitif. The finish is tight, fresh and pretty long. (SR) Inner quote mark (8/2018)

K&L Notes

This incredible Champagne comes from 9th generation grower Nicolas Maillart on the Petite Montagne de Reims. It is 78% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, and 6% Meunier from the villages of Ecuiel, Villers-Allerand, and Bouzy. It is 40% barrel fermented and dosed at a very dry 6g/l. It has fabulous complexity and power, but also a pillowy lightness and a very fine bead. I find the nose to have a toasty quality reminiscent of panatone, and in the mouth it delivers lovely creamy flavors. This is a great find. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/25/2020 | Send Email
This is a really wonderful new producer that we have added to our small estate lineup.This latest release (2015 base wine...750 ml bottles only) is slightly richer than the previous release, which was a 2014 base wine. It is composed of 63% pinot noir, 23% chardonnay and 14% pinot meunier. I had the opportunity to taste this at the winery in late February of this year...a million years ago. There is increased aging in the barrel which results in a richer, rounder style at the forefront of the palate. However, it comes across as dry, with bright green and yellow apple fruit and tangy baking spice notes. Background flavors of cream and honey. Surprisingly clean, thanks to the low dosage, and a total surprise. Refreshing and delicious! About 100,000 bottles produced. I've enjoyed so many wines from this estate, that it is hard to keep track. ALL of them are excellent and I've been buying both .750 ml and magnum bottling's. I wish they would make a least one dog so that I'd save some $! A wonderful addition to our small-estate line. (Updated 22 July, 2020).

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2020 | Send Email
One of our newest Direct Imports, Nicolas Maillart wows with his polished "Platine" release. The caramelly nose gives way to tart green apple fruit, a creamy yet balanced palate, and a fresh but exceptionally long finish. Aged over four years on the lees with 55% in oak and a dosage of 6 g/L that feels even lower, this Champagne has a welcome mercurial quality that makes it feel rich one moment and bright the next. Toasty notes change to saline and citrus, and the finish is generous but still crisp. All this complexity - plus the quality of Grand and Premier Cru vineyards, a family-run estate, environmentally-friendly production, and a price under $35 - is a spectacular feat.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
Maillart makes Platine with 78% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Meunier. It is 40% barrel fermented, and the wine spends 4 years on the lees. This is a bright and zippy Champagne with big-time citrus, focusing particularly on grapefruit elements. The palate has a great, full mouthfeel plus a decadent creamy toastiness. Notes of stone fruit emerge with cherry and peach. Another wonderful direct import for K&L here that matches complexity with bargain pricing.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
Yet another great champagne to add to our extensive and wonderful champagne inventory! The color is a golden hue, to be followed with a savory, saline, citrus nose. For just a split second, the image of a fresh squeezed margarita with a thin salted rim, flashed before me! Its acid opens up the layers of flavors and complexities. I'm not a fan of oak in my champagne, but this oak turns into a smooth texture and long finish. At this price it will sell fast.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
Lovely citrus and white blossom nose and a palate of bright and crisply citrus fruit, but with a nice texture and flavor and a modest component of oak. Quite dry and refreshing and extremely pleasing finishing with a clean, clear Meyer lemon wash

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
Nothing gets our staff excited like a new addition to the sub-$40 Champagne category at K&L! The quality from the Premier and Grand Cru vines is unmistakable here with chalky notes, doughy autolytics and honeysuckle on the nose. The Pinot Noir shines through on the palate with rich Bing cherry and citrus flavors, toasty brioche and herbal notes, plus acidity that wonderfully balances the great fruit and rich texture. Another amazing Champagne value!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
An absolutely stunner of a Champagne. Full fruited, pure, clean citrus with hints of white cherry. On the palate, this is full of energy and vigor and clear fruit expression. Another unbelievable value in the line-up of gorgeous grower producer Champagnes. This is going into my regular rotation of Friday night Champagne

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2020 | Send Email
This is the most exciting new Champagne producer that we have added to our lineup of direct imports in a very long time. This entirely estate grown Champagne comes from plots in Ecuiel, Bouzy and Villers-Allerand from mostly old, massal selected plots. The four years of ageing on the lees have given this wine a lovely creamy texture and beautiful, toasty aromas. You can feel the power of the Pinot Noir, with some subtle dark cherry fruit and savor. The most incredible thing about the wine is its complexity, which I found kaleidoscopic, something I am not used to in such a fairly priced wine. Every sip is a discovery!
Top Value!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2019 | Send Email
White peach, nectarine, sage and chalk, all with a slight brine wrapped up in a warm, happy bouquet. A truly great bottle of bubbles for the price. You understand exactly how Champagne got its reputation by the end of a glass.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2019 | Send Email
The bright acidity on this guy is palpable, surprising given that it spends 4 years on the lees and is 40% barrel fermented. This new direct import producer may be the one I'm most excited about this year. Everything I've seen from them has been beyond expectation, and at this price point is sure to stand alongside Launois and Baron Fuente in near-future as must have's at K&L.

By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/1/2019 | Send Email
We have several top-notch quality champagnes in the grower-producer section that are under $35 and the Maillart Platine Brut Champagne is a top contender. It's got everything - cherry and stone fruit aroma notes intermingling together with a creamy mouthfeel and finishing bright, fresh and elegant. I remember thinking how can this possibly be a champagne under $35 when we first tasted with Gary and was happy to hear it is one of our newest direct import! If you're looking for a nice bottle of bubbles to bring to a dinner party, this is a definite crowd pleaser!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2019 | Send Email
The new and wonderful Nicolas Maillart Champagnes are now direct imports for K&L and deserve a big hoorah for our Champagne buyer Gary Westby for seeking them out. The Platine is the Brut of their line-up and I felt to be their best and most complex, although they were all pretty stellar. Platine offers up a big intense nose with structure and finesse. Honeysuckle and orange blossom are found, with companions of intensely elegant bubbles that merit the term "mousse fine." The palate has a vibrant acidity with notes of golden apple and white peach and apricot skin. Long and sexy finish that is elegant and saline and would make anyone feel "chic" just drinking it. This Champagne will be very popular in the up and coming years, and is perfect for any occasion or non-occasion!

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2019 | Send Email
The deepest, toastiest wine in the Maillart lineup. This rich Champagne is not without its complexities of dry, chalky minerality, delicate florals, Meyer lemon (like its counterparts) and wonderful acidity. Each sip makes you feel like freshly baked bread just came out of the oven. It is textural, deep, and filled to the brim with lovely brioche notes. I'd pair a bottle of this wine with a roasted chicken, creamy tortellini, or roasted mushrooms any day of the week!

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