We are about to make another shipment from Champagne Mailly, with the wines arriving in time for pre-Christmas delivery. Serendipitously, the 2018 'L'Intemporelle' vintage rosé has just received a superb score from a well-known wine publication, putting it ahead of some of the greatest names in vintage rosé, despite being half the price! The results won't be public for a few weeks yet, but, as we are the sole UK importer at present, this is your opportunity to lay your hands on some.
Mailly's tremendous quality begins with its vineyards, which are entirely grand cru-rated. The 70 hectares of vines are farmed by 80 growers, so the average holding is less than a hectare. Most growers have day jobs, so tending their vines with great care is a passion, resulting in high-quality fruit. With the vines on mostly north-facing slopes, Mailly's wines exhibit a mineral, saline character and are full of freshness and energy, in contrast to the more oxidative style favoured by houses like Bollinger.
We have just re-tasted the range here in the office and once again, the overwhelming impression is of exceptional fruit quality. Even in the older wines, our notes mention less about character derived from lees-ageing (brioche, biscuits etc) and more about perfect, ripe fruit with remarkable freshness.
Since we last offered the wines, James Suckling has endorsed the Brut and Blanc de Noirs with 94 & 93 points respectively. 2018 L'Intemporelle rosé is from fruit from the very best selected parcels, with old-vine pinot noir added. Very vinous and with great depth on the palate, we think you will kick yourself if you don't try it, it's an exceptional wine. For us, the Extra Brut vintage had a superb, smoky intensity and finesse on the palate, equal to many vintages at twice the price and a great wine to pair with food.
The pinot noir-dominated 2012 'Les Echansons' is only made in the best years, with just 1500 cases made in this vintage. Historically, and also rather topically, 'echanson' was the name given to the officer in charge of the king's wines and Mailly use it here to denote their most rarified cuvée. Pure, exotic fruits on the nose (we found passion fruit, but Suckling describes it as Canteloupe) and fine pastry aromas are conveyed by a rich, broad palate with great length.
Finally, don't miss Mailly's Coteaux Champenois Rouge, a rare chance to try an example of still red Pinot Noir from the Champagne region. A blend of the 2018 and 2019 vintages, it has intense raspberry and woody notes on the nose, with a saline, chalky texture. Elegant and distinctive, this expression of Pinot Noir could only come from here and it reminds us of a more accessible version of Bollinger's La Côte aux Enfants rouge.
If you are a fan of large or small formats, this is also your best opportunity to request halves, magnums and jeroboams of the brut non-vintage.
Please simply e-mail us if you would like to order.
|SPARKLING||2018||1 case||Mailly Grand Cru - L'Intemporelle Rosé||75cl||£330 per case of 6||Mailly Grand Cru
2018 / 1 case / 75cl
£330 per case of 6
Tasting Notes"It is very floral and fruity on the nose with hints of savoury notes. The finish is long, nuanced and tense, supported by racy acidity and a subtly saline chalkiness. Potential that will improve with time. 94 points" Decanter Magazine
|SPARKLING||NV||20 cases||Mailly Grand Cru - Brut Réserve||75cl||£295 per case of 12||Mailly Grand Cru
NV / 20 cases / 75cl
£295 per case of 12
Tasting NotesFloral, precise and intense on the nose, an immediate and wonderful reminder of the elegance and appeal of champagne versus the more concentrated fruit character of the best English sparkling wines. Acacia, honey, majoring on citrus rather than red fruit aromas (surprisingly, given there is 75% Pinot Noir in the blend!). The autolytic character is a background note, fine pastry and pain d’epices rather than a rich, leesy-style. Delicate lemon flavours with a clean, chalky texture, great acidity, intense on the palate. RKL