Berrys' United Kingdom Cuvee Grand Cru Mailly 2002
2002 is the best vintage in Champagne since 1990, some say since 1985 or<br/>1982...........in any event it has been much lauded and much<br/>anticipated, and for some Houses ( Roederer Cristal for example!) it has been<br/>and gone. Great, therefore, were the expectations for the Berrys' UKC<br/>2002 .....and we have not been disappointed. <br/> <br/>Whether or not it is axiomatic that great vintages always demonstrate the<br/> true worth of Grand Cru villages is a debate for elsewhere; but what<br/>is evidenced here is a concentration of very high quality fruit ( 70% Pinot<br/>Noir and 30% Chardonnay) that has enjoyed 48 months on its lees and thereafter<br/>valuable post-disgorgement ageing.
The village of Mailly is said to derive its name from the Latin Malliusacum. Grapes have been grown in Mailly for centuries, since before the building of Reims Cathedral in the 13th Century. Mailly wines were much appreciated by the church and nobility and graced all of the finest tables from the Middle Ages onward. Mailly winegrowers have witnessed the landmark events that shaped French History, contributing to the rising fortunes of Champagne in the 17th Century.