MAWBY is a sparkling wine experience with vineyards and a tasting room located in the rolling, coastal hills of Leelanau County. We exclusively make sparkling wines in traditional methods, come celebrate each day with us!
M. Lawrence wines are made using the Charmat or cuvee close method of production. Instead of undergoing a second fermentation in the bottle, the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with the second fermentation in closed stainless steel tanks.
Requiring less aging than the traditional method, M. Lawrence brand wines are less expensive and more widely available then the L. Mawby wines. Fruity and fun, eight different selections fall under the M. Lawrence moniker. Perhaps the most popular is named Sex. Go figure, a wine named Sex, use your imagination to come up with the tagline for this wine! Other wines are named Wet, Fizz and Detroit. A recent addition is Redd. This unusual bubbly is crafted from handpicked Regent and Marechal Foch grapes creating a red sparkling wine!
In 1973 we planted our first vines, and established our vineyards at the Elm Valley location in 1976. These vineyards have been increased until today the property is fully planted with about 20 acres of vines. Varieties we grow include pinot noir, vignoles, pinot gris, regent, riesling, chardonnay and pinot meunier. We also purchase significant amounts of chardonnay and pinot noir from other growers here on the Leelanau Peninsula for our L.Mawby wines. We source for M.Lawrence from Leelanau Peninsula, southwest Michigan and California.
Our best selling and certainly most provacative wine offerring. Sex is a fruit forward rosé with light red berry aromas and a balanced finish. This Cuve Close style bubbly made from a blend of several different grape varieties.
Grapes are picked and carefully pressed in the fall. The juice is fermented in stainless steel after settling. The wine is blended and then re-fermented in the Cuve Close Method capturing the delicate bubbles in solution. The wine is then filtered and bottled.
In 1973, Larry Mawby began producing wines in Leelanau County, whose shorter growing season and cool climate, along with Lake Michigan's moderating effect, are ideal for the grape varietals that produce Champagne-style wines. Brothers Mike and Pete Laing carry on that tradition, with Mawby receiving acclaim as a top Michigan winery. Their dedication to preserving the environment as they produce both traditional and Charmat method sparkling wines is a testament to the fact that every glass is an agricultural product tied to the work of the fruit growers.
The evening opens with a discussion with Mike Laing about sparkling wine production, the pressures of taking over a winery with such a notable reputation, and what the next fifty years holds for Mawby Sparkling.
The sparkling wines, traditionally associated with celebrations, pair well with the fun, laid back atmosphere. If you visit on a Saturday afternoon in the summer, you may run into a bachelorette party or two. In fact, they even offer a bachelorette flight featuring pours of Jadore and Sex.
Once you fall head over heels for L. Mawby wines, you can become a Bubblehead by joining their FIZZ club. Club members receive a shipment of four bottles, three times per year, plus other exclusive perks.
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The grapes for the L. Mawby wines come from the Leelanau Peninsula, Michigan. There is no geographical restriction whatsoever on the M. Lawrence wines, which he says \"are produced from grapes grown on planet earth - no alien grapes permitted!\"
L. Mawby Blanc de Blanc Brut, 12%Cuvée 58, en tirage March 2002; degorgement October 2002; 2940 bottles produced. The Blanc de Blanc is Mawby's most delicate traditional method sparkling wine. It's a multi-vintage blend produced from chardonnay (85%) and pinot gris (15%). The grapes are hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed. This cuvée gets only the initial, gently pressed juice (the harder pressed juice, which contains more phenols, tannins and acids, is reserved for table wine). After fermentation, the wines are blended with older, reserve wines before undergoing secondary fermentation in bottle, and then aged en tirage before disgorging. Retails ex cave at US$18.A fairly crisp nose. Round and clean and fresh. More pinot gris body is evident on the finish and after. Very Good. 86/100
L. Mawby Cremant Brut, 12%Cuvée 47, en tirage June 2000; degorgement October 2002; 2940 bottles produced.Larry Mawby regards this as the biggest, most full-bodied sparkling wine he makes. Again a multi-vintage blend, produced from 100% Vignoles grapes grown on the estate. The winemaking is the same as for the Blanc de Blanc, except that most of the first fermentation takes place in barrels. Retails ex cave at US$22.A creamy, spicy nose somewhat reminiscent of pinot gris. Clean and fresh on the palate and quite nutty. A bit dull. 83/100
L.Mawby Talismøn Brut, 12%Cuvée 36, en tirage March 1999; degorgement April 2000; 2940 bottles produced.According to Larry Mawby, this is the most elegant méthode champenoise he produces. It is field and solera blend of pinot noir, chardonnay, vignoles and pinot gris, hand-harvested, whole-bunch pressed. After gentle pressing, the juice is blended with their reserve wine solera (which contains wine from the Talismøn vineyard from each vintage since 1992) and then fermented in barrels and puncheons. The wine then undergoes secondary fermentation in bottle and is aged en tirage for at least 24 months before disgorgement. Retails ex cave at US$27.A much more interesting nose with stone fruit and tropical fruit. Crisp, clean and very well balanced. Fairly simple flavours on the attack, but it develops well in the mouth and it's quite an interesting blend, with good fruit. Rather nice finish. A definite step up from the first two wines. 89/100
With a background in agriculture and extensive study abroad, Mawby debuted his first bottle of bubbles, NV Cuvée Brut, back in 1984. When Mawby discovered that his property on Leelanau Peninsula shares the same latitude as Champagne, France, he was able to introduce sparkling New World wines with superior bubbles and rich, abundant flavors reminiscent of Old World wines.
Today, the winemaker keeps up with demand while protecting the integrity of his wines by continuing to hand pick and allowing whole-cluster pressing of his grapes. The result is what we can expect every time from his Blanc de Blancs Brut, a luscious beauty that boasts a creamy, butterscotch structure with an effervescent minerality.
Blanc de Blanc is L. Mawby's most delicate traditional method sparkling wine. This multi-vintage blend is produced from chardonnay and riesling grapes from the Leelanau Peninsula appellation, which are hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed. Only the initial, gently pressed fractions of the juice are used for this cuvée; the harder-pressed juice, which contains more phenols, tannins and acids, is reserved for other, sweeter sparkling wines. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks, the young wines are blended with older, reserve wines before being bottle-fermented and then aged en tirage before disgorging. Finished with a Brut dosage (0.8 % residual sugar), the wine has flavors of citrons, brioche, and delicate fruit. It is lively on the palate with a light, clean finish.
Bridgett and Woj get a history lesson from Larry about the birth of the wine industry in Northern Michigan and everything from the rise of the vineyard to self-distribution. Larry heads up the bottle fermented wine, and Mike Lang oversees all operations involving the tank fermented wines. Mike took the opportunity to learn as much as possible from Larry and worked his way up through the company. He now owns Big Little wines with his brother, Peter, which is located on the Mawby vineyard.
In the winery, the situation is different. We had to make changes in work patterns to maintain physical distancing. During the early weeks of the pandemic, we simply did not do some activities at all (things like disgorging, which could be delayed), until we had better guidance from health authorities, and until we had assembled shields between workstations to enable a team of two or three or four people to work closely in safety.
L. Mawby is a unique vineyard and winery because they specialize in only champagne style sparkling wine. Located at 4519 Elm Valley Rd, Suttons Bay, MI 49682, it is a beautiful spot to stop along your Leelanau wine trail.
There is a Plum Market near my old home in Ann Arbor, which is similar to a Whole Foods, where they host different featured wine tastings each week, usually on Thursdays. On October 19, they were hosting L. Mawby, with the owner Larry Mawby himself. They featured 8 wines from dry to sweet. Started with a Blanc de Blanc, moved to the Tradition, then Grace, and Talisman. These wines are all made in the bottle fermentation process where the yeast, wine and cultures are all put into the bottle and ages in the bottle not barrels. These wines are also all 100% grapes grown at their vineyard.
This lead us into the M. Lawrence wines, which are not made from 100% of the grapes grown in their vineyard and usually consist of a blend of grapes from downstate, California, Oregon and Washington depending on the season. We started out with a Demi-sec, transitioned to Green, had some Sex and finished with the sweetness of Detroit. 781b155fdc