Grower Website Michel Mailliard Region: France - Champagne

Vertus, the village in Champagne’s famous Côte des Blancs, has been the home of the Mailliard family since 1894 where they have been making champagne for four generations.

In recent years, the third and fourth generations, father and son Michel and Gregory, took care of the 23-hectare (55 acre) family vineyard. Now the fourth generation, Gregory and sister Alexia, is in full lead of the house. Half of the vineyard plots are in Vertus and the surrounding area and are mostly planted to Chardonnay.

In addition to being a vigneron and Champagne maker, Michel Mailliard was an innovator, entrepreneur, and leader with a touch of politician. Among the champagne producers of Vertus, he is a very prominent figure. Decades ago, Michel saw many of his neighbors with small vineyard plots of very good quality grapes in need of a better place to produce their champagnes. So, he created one of the first “custom crush facilities” in champagne. These types of facilities are now commonplace in many wine regions around the world, helping artisan producers and garagists. Over time, the small start-up grew to house the current state-of-the-art champagne producing equipment and temperature-controlled storage facilities. Each vigneron controls the production of their respective champagne separately from the other producers. This facility has allowed even the smallest producers to make their own style of champagne.

The objective of Champagne Michel Mailliard is to make champagnes that reflect the terroir and house style. The Gregory and Alexia manage the vineyards and the harvest. They stood side-by-side with their father learning the craft of champagne making – the Mailliard way. The two have total control of their champagnes made at the custom crush facility. They own the winery and all of the fruit comes from the estate. All the equipment is used only for the production of Michel Mailliard. However, because there are others making wine at their facility, wines must be labeled wRC, Récoltant-Coopérateur (wine purchased back from the group facility).

Country France
Region Champagne
Appellation(s) Côte des Blancs
Proprietors Gregory, Alexia Mailliard
Founded 1894
Winemaker Gregory Mailliard
Annual Production 3,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable

WINERY
Champagne Michel Mailliard offers six different cuvees. The house style is reflected in Cuvée Gregory Brut and their flagship Mont Vergon Vintage Brut Champagne.

Michel uses only first press juice to make his base wines. He blocks malolactic fermentation to maintain purity, minerality and precision in his champagnes.

VINEYARDS/TERRIOR
The vineyard of Champagne Michel Mailliard is located in the heart of the Côte des Blancs. Located in Marne, a wine area that stretches over some 20 km to the south, south-east from Epernay. The area is named after the color of Chardonnay, the grape planted on 95% of the soil. The Champagnes made with Chardonnay are called Blanc de Blancs.

The Côte des Blancs gives way to some of the best champagnes, this is largely due to its soil, as it lays on a chalk outcrop, unlike other parts of the vineyard where the chalk is more deeply buried.

It is to the convergence of this unique terroir and the expertise of the Mailliard family that we owe the characteristic minerality of these Champagnes.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total = 55 ha
Cuvée Gregory Brut Chardonnay (95%), Pinot Noir (5%) Calcareous & chalk 55 ha/135 acres
Mont Vergon Vintage Brut Chardonnay Calcareous & chalk 55 ha/125 acres