ULLENS - DOMAINE DE MARZILLY
A murmur and amazement goes through the Champagne: "Les Belges".
This is how Maxime Ullens de Schooten, who comes from Brussels, and his wife Anna have been called with respect since they presented their first champagne called “Brut” in 2019 (what an understatement!).
In that year, the title of "Winemaker of the Year" from the renowned Gault Millau followed.
Domaine de Marzilly is located in the northernmost part of Champagne, a good 10 km from Reims.
When Max, in his "former life" an architect, was commissioned to restore the historic castle of the same name, he found old vine roots that had been spared from phylloxera in soil samples and caught fire.
He felt in love with the area, finished his oenology studies in Avize and became a winemaker in this northernmost area of Champagne.
Free from family or tradition-related obligations, the two have an incredibly secure feeling for the highest quality and cultivate the greatest appreciation and respect for nature.
The champagnes are all aged in barrels with a volume of 205 liters, the original measure in Champagne. The wood for this is felled in the forests surrounding the vineyards. You feel the passion and vision of Max and Anna with every word, every gesture. And with every sip of their remarkably interesting and animating champagne. Something exciting new and unique is emerging here, which will bring a breath of fresh air to Champagne in the years to come.
Facts: Hermonville, Massif de Saint-Thierry - Montagne de Reims, 4 ha, 14,000 bottles, 80% ME, 20% CH
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