Nicolas Maillart "Platine" Brut Champagne

SKU #1398280 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (12/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant, aperitif-style Champagne that offers layers of flavor, with notes of Gala apple, tangerine, smoke, biscuit, cumin, honey, lime zest and salted butter. Texturally refined, with a bright juiciness to the acidity. (AN)  (12/2010)

91 points John Gilman

 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. 2019-2035.  (7/2019)

91 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 55% Pinot Noir, 45% Chardonnay. Base 2011, 48% reserves. 29% barrel fermented. Partial malo. Bottled 2012 and given extra time on lees, nearly 5 years total. Disgorged November 2016. Dosage 1 g/l. Very nicely balanced. Fine and approachable with some depth. I would have guessed a higher dosage because it is not at all austere. But then look at that proportion of reserve wine! Really nice drink. (JR)  (6/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (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 reminisent 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: 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: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/10/2019 | Send Email
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: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2019 | Send Email
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!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2019 | Send Email
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.

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: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2019 | 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: 6/6/2019 | 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: 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!

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2019 | 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.

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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.


- 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.


- 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