In an effort to produce Champagne of the highest quality in the region, we aligned with Nicolas Maillart to produce our Champagne Éric Philippe. The origins of the Maillart family’s Champagne date back to 1720 when the family’s first producer, Nicolas, began growing grapes and making wines. The family’s Champagne origins are confirmed by the archives of the village of Chamery. For almost 300 years, the family has passed down its expertise and knowledge from father to son for 9 generations.
Nicolas Maillart now carries on the family’s legacy making award winning Champagnes. Nicolas has been producing since his early 20s after spending his academic career preparing himself to take over the family business. He focused on higher technical diploma in viticulture-oenology in Bordeaux, followed in 1998 by oenology and agricultural engineering studies in Montpellier. These two complementary qualifications provided him with a solid basis on which to work both in the vineyard and the winery. He also went abroad to learn about techniques and practices used elsewhere, travelling first to Oregon – home of the USA’s best Pinot Noir – in 2000, and to South Africa in 2002, a choice motivated by its climatic similarity to Champagne and because of the outstanding quality of its white wines. Armed with family expertise and his own knowledge, Nicolas perpetuates the family tradition with the aim of maintaining the House philosophy – to bring out the potential of each terroir and enhance the flavors of the grapes in this wine which is so symbolic of conviviality and pleasure.