Champagne Chartogne-Taillet

Alexandre Chartogne composes his wines in the village of Merfy. The young protegee from Anselme Selosse aims at lifting the veil onto the "small" montagne de Reims (the southern hillside, near Saint-Thierry), a terroir still not very well known, even by connoisseurs. Alexander's interest for his slots is almost religious, in a true burgundian spirit. One would wonder if elsewhere, Champagne has not left aside the diversity of its soils. Here, the vines are…
rooted through sand and silica. Inbetween the bubbles, the winegrower proposes a precise reading of a soil, through a grape variety, a given year. Everything is orchestrated here in order to go even further: to go along with the wine, without an intervention on the musts.
The new vinification cellar, dug into the chalk, is a sign of the winegrower's quest for perfection. In order to fully understand, one…
has to start with the St Anne cuvée, where the wine expresses clarity and finesse. There are few "Brut non vintage" of this level.
Les Couarres, a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, has an expressive and seductive nose. It exalts frangipani notes, cherry tree flowers. The mouth is broad, slender, an expression of grapes that ripened facing south, with little dosage.
Les Barres, a pre-phylloxeric Meunier, is rooted bewteen sand and…
limestone. The wine is at first more austere, it is a cathedral of tension that reveals and deploys itself with great length. Very impressive!

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