In Champagne, it would be a mistake to go to a restaurant without drinking Mallot Rosé. When referring to the Mallot Rosé, French will tell us about the Olivier family – the family that contributes to preserving and developing the culinary culture of Champagne.
Business culture honoring traditional wine culture
On my first visit to Champagne, while wandering around the famous vineyards with Jean Baptiste – a local guide, I was fortunate to meet wine-maker Bruno Olivier. He belongs to the 4th generation of the Olivier family – the family spent centuries in making Mallot Rose. Mallot Rose has long been a secret of the Olivier family, which is not only a blend of grapes but also a secret of winemaking from generation to generation.
Champagne producers still use the traditional techniques and have non-competitive spirit in the industry. Every year, the French wine producers association – conducts the wine competitions and awards the prize based on wine standards not only for business purposes but also to honor culinary culture of Champagne in particular and of France in general.
Black grapes – red wine and long history of Vineyard
From the 1st century BC, black grapes – red wine was introduced to the Champagne region by the Romans. Therefore it has played an important part in French culinary culture. Although having a long life span of up to 60 years, vines can be harvested once a year after 4 years of cultivation. During that time, new vine varieties are multiplied to maintain the constant development of the vineyards.
According to history, in the 19th century the Mallot vineyard in Champagne was once an estate owned by an Irish-born. Then the Olivier family bought and operated this estate until today. Mallot is also among of oldest continuously family-owned vineyards in Champagne.
Bruno Olivier is the main executive, he continues the tradition of producing champagne of the family according to the esoteric recipe. Mallot vineyards cover about 180 acres of land (more than 70 hectares) located along the Garonne River which is composed mainly of gravel and high calcium-heavy clay due to the influence of the Mediterranean climate. Most of grape varieties are planted in Mallot Vineyard is Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
The Mallot vineyard is famous for its meticulously cultivated. When it is time to harvest, bunches are carefully sorted in the vineyard through yield restriction method to ensure that only the best grapes are kept. However, not everyone has enough experience to do this work. At Mallot Vineyard, it was done directly by Bruno and his two sons who are also winemakers. Bruno Olivier ensures that the bunches are picked by hand, and only the quality grapes are used for fermentation process.
Holding a bottle of Mallot Rosé, Bruno Olivier said that Mallot Rosé is made by a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. He has been awarded many noble prizes for this product by Comité Champagne. His secret is knowing how to harvest the grapes at the right time, control the fermentation, and blend the grapes with esoteric spices. The family’s esoteric spices currently kept by Bruno, are only passed on to the next generation, and this is also a secret that no one is allowed to share. However, what if when the secrets of lineages and love combine? Whether those secrets will be passed out or will have another “blend”. The story of the Mallot Champagne has not stopped here, …
The powerful blend
When we talk about wine blending, we often refer to the blending of grapes, what about the “blending” of families across Europe with longstanding Champagne-making tradition? Mallot Bru’t – Mallot Rosé’s twin brother is typical.
If Mallot Rosé is the proud princess of the Olivier family, Mallot Bru’t is the spiritual legacy of powerful families: Olivier – Montage de Reims and Genagricola – Valee de la Marne. This was the foundation of the first Mallot Bru’t made by a powerful blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Chardonnay. Mallot Bru’t is a blend of sophistication, personality, classic and modern. Visiting Montage de Reims, sipping a glass of Mallot Rosé, you will be told by local people about Mallot Brut as a compliment to the Olivier family – the family of two fine wines contributing to preserve and develop the Champagne culture.