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The story of Champagne Sadi Malot begins with Socrate Malot. As a tribute to his brother Sadi, who was so named because he was born on the day of the assassination of Sadi Carnot (French President from 1887-1894) and died during World War I, he gave the winery and his son this name with historical significance.
Currently at the helm are Cindy Malot and her husband Florian Villiere.
In the fifth generation, the family now cultivates 9 hectares of Chardonnay and 2 hectares of Pinot Noir. Located in Villers-Marmery (Montagne de Reims), the soils in the family vineyards are interlaced with calcareous bedrock, similar to the Cote de Blancs, which explains the high proportion of Chardonnay in a region dominated by Pinot Noir. The wines from this terroir are characterized above all by their elegance, tension, and freshness.
For 15 years, they have used only organic fertilizers, avoiding heavy machinery wherever possible to prevent soil compaction, and are HVE certified. Since 2022, the vineyards have even been managed biodynamically.
In addition to the measures taken in the vineyard, sustainability is also taken very seriously in the cellar, including the use of wood from the nearby Argonne Forest for the barrels.
Both tanks and barrels are used in the vinification process, as well as concrete eggs. Many reserve wines age in tanks using the solera method ("eternal reserve" from 1982) and receive long periods of rest on the lees. The wines are bottled without fining and filtration, and the aging period in the bottle ranges from 3 to 10 years.
Through their constant pursuit of perfection, the Malot family succeeds in showcasing the potential of the Montagne de Reims in a new light and deepening the knowledge acquired and passed down from generation to generation.
Facts: R.M., Montagne de Reims, 11 ha in Villers-Marmery, Verzy, and Verzenay, 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir.