Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne SKU #1398280

Price: $34.99

WE 92 WS 92 JG 91
VN 91
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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 reminisent of panatone, and in the mouth it delivers lovely creamy flavors. This is a great find. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a really wonderful new producer that we have added to our small estate lineup. Very unusual in that, right off the bat, there are toasty, golden apple aromas and a hint of mushroom. So, you're thinking, this is going to yeasty, toasty, and rich with fruit? No, ma'am! On the palate, Gala apples, lemon zest, cream and orange. Surprisingly clean, thanks to the low dosage, and a total surprise. Refreshing and delicious!
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Lovely citrus and white blossom nose and a palate of bright and crisply citrus fruit, but with a nice textural and flavor modest component of oak. Quite dry and refreshing and extremely pleasing finishing with a clean, clear Meyer lemon wash.
  • Elsa Baez
    By: Elsa Baez
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Thomas Smith
    By: Thomas Smith
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Rachel Alcarraz
    By: Rachel Alcarraz
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    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.


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