Mailly GC, Brut, Millesime 2006
Produced and bottled by the Mailly Co-operative (CM), 75% pinot noir, 25% chardonnay; brut 9g/l; mushroom cork closure, 12% abv. Widely available, about €30 from the Mailly boutique. They make the Berry Bros and Rudd United Kingdom Cuvee, see the post on Champagne co-ops.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – pale intensity gold, showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, developing, opening with a dominant rich note of toast spread with warm butter, then warm brioche, roasted almonds, warm honey, over-ripe pear and a hint of anise.
The buttery and roasted almond notes are typically associated with older quality vintage champagnes with lots of chardonnay (Lenoir, J) – not the case here, but the aromas and flavours are there.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (+) body, with medium (+) intensity flavours of rich buttered toast, warm honey, warm malted bread, with a rich roasted hazelnut note. A creamy mousse, with a long persistence, and a crisp clean finish on a long length.
Quality – a good quality vintage wine, harmonious, with a concentration of aroma and flavour, balanced between acidity and alcohol+residual sugar, with a creamy mousse and a clean, crisp finish.
Reference – Lenoir, J. (2006). Le Nez du Vin.