Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 285.9 hectares (706.5 acres), of which 88.4% Pinot Noir, 8.8% Chardonnay, and 2.7% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Grand cru (100%)
Noted for: good Pinot Noir from north-facing slopes, home of one of the very best cooperatives of the region, Champagne Mailly Grand Cru.
Google Maps view with the villages in the Grande Montagne de Reims highlighted. The grand cru villages including Mailly-Champagne are shown in green, the premier cru villages are in yellow, and the autre cru villages in orange. The Perle blanche area is shown as a light green box.
Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.
Mailly-Champagne is located in the middle of the slope on the north side of the Montagne de Reims hill. Mailly-Champagne is a village that has “-Champagne” as part of its official name since 1899, although it is often referred to as Mailly for short.
The Mailly-Champagne commune has a total surface of 1006 hectares and 707 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Maillotins and Maillotines.
Above the village there is a quarry for visitors (carrière pédagogique) showing the geology of the area, including the particular chalky soils.
The vineyards of Mailly-Champagne are mostly north-facing slopes, and are dominated by Pinot Noir. Mailly-Champagne shares its grand cru classification with its neighbour to the east, Verzenay, and the two neighbours just below the slope, Puisieulx and Sillery, while the neighbour to the west, Ludes, is classified premier cru.
The current vineyard surface in the Mailly-Champagne commune is 285.9 hectares (706.5 acres). There are 252.6 ha Pinot Noir (88.4%), 7.8 ha Chardonnay (8.8%), 2.4 ha Pinot Meunier (2.7%), and 0.4 ha other (0.14%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 286 ha. There are 165 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Champagne houses that control vineyards in Mailly-Champagne include Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët, and Taittinger.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Mailly include e.g. Les Beaudets Seigneurs (H), Les Chalois (M-H), Les Champs de Huit Jours (L), Les Clos (H), Les Clos Roses (H), Les Croix (H), Les Fays (H), Les Fougères (M), Les Mauvais (L), Revers des Chalois (M), Les Roses Moquebeaux (H), Sous la Ville (M). The letter L-M-H indicates if the site is located low-middle-high in the slope.
Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.
- Barbier-Gosset (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 5 ha of vineyards, Pinot Noir in Mailly-Champagne and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and Chardonnay in Vindey (in the Sézannais).
- Michel Decotte (RC), has 3.6 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
- Decotte Augé
- Joël Devarenne (RC)
- Floquet-Dousset (RC or RM, have found labels with both but I haven’t been able to figure out which are newer)
- Francinet-Remy (RC), has 5.5 ha of vineyards of which 5 ha Pinot Noir and 0.5 ha Chardonnay.
- Bernard Gentil (RM)
- Michel Hernoux (RM)
- Christophe Janisson (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 8 ha of vineyards.
- Christian Muller (RC), has 15 ha of vineyards, all of it in Mailly-Champagne, with 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay.
- Ernest Remy, has 15 ha of vineyards in Mailly-Champagne, Verzenay, and Verzy.
- Remy Frères (RC, Facebook page), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne.
- Lucien Roguet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has about 7 ha of vineyards, all of it in Mailly-Champagne, and an annual production of 45 000-50 000 bottles.
- J.P. Secondé (RM), also written Jean-Pierre Secondé, a member of Vignerons Indépendants. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. JPS is composed of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay and is oak barrel-vinified and non-vintage. Les Petits Vignes is a vineyard-designated Champagne from a site in Puisieulx; it is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Noir. The range also includes a Mailly Rouge, a still red wine (Coteaux Champenois).
- Tanazacq (website not active in April 2016), has 5 ha of vineyards. Cyril Tanazacq also does oenological consultancy.
- Daniel Thibaut
- M. Vanzella
Comment: The list is probably not not complete.
When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.
- Champagne Mailly Grand Cru, one of the very best cooperatives of Champagne, with 80 growers as members and 70 ha of vineyards (75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay), i.e., 28% of the vineyard surface of the village. The annual production is 500 000 bottles. The formal name of the company making up the cooperative is Société des Producteurs. Their prestige cuvée is called Les Échansons and consists of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. A longer profile of the cooperative can be found in this blog post, written after a visit in the autumn 2013. Here tasting notes from autumn 2015 can be found. Below a video clip where the winemaker presents parts of the range.
- Coopérative Vinicole Les Clos, doesn’t seem to have a website.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Mailly-Champagne commune.
- UMC’s new village profile of Mailly-Champagne.
- UMC’s old village profile of Mailly-Champagne. (dead link)
- Vineyard map of Mailly-Champagne at weinlagen-info.de.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-04-10