When Nicolas Maillart took over his family's estate in 2003, such as the Platine non-vintage Brut, a blend based heavily on Pinot Noir. It's high percentage of Reserve wine contributes to its complexity, and a portion of oak-fermented wine increases its breadth and dimension." Champagne house Nicolas Maillart began with their ancestors growing vines in 1753 in the neighbouring village of Chamery. Nicolas, who returned in 2003 after completing his studies in engineering and oenology has taken over and is currently the ninth generation of Maillart. He is perpetuating an almost three hundred year-old tradition and maintains the house philosophy of bringing out the full potential of the Champagne terroirs in all their wines. One of the first actions he took was to overhaul the entire operation in both the vineyards and cellars, eliminating chemical pesticides and herbicides, ploughing his vines, and installing a new press and other vinification equipment. Since then, he has been making refined, richly textured Champagnes. Since 2009, the Maillart's committed themselves to a little more respect for the environment by building 130 square meters of photovoltaic panels which offsets their carbon emissions. Maillart has vines only in the Premier and Grand Cru villages of the Montagne de Reims. The vines are well-established, mostly planted halfway up the hillside an ideally located for producing excellent quality wines. In keeping with the region’s typicity, the vineyards contain a high proportion of Pinot Noir vines (75%) together with Chardonnay, the Pinot Noir providing power and substance to complement the finesse of the Chardonnay.