Chartogne-Taillet 2015 'Les Couarres' Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut, Merfy, Champagne, France
Chartogne-Taillet 2015 "Les Couarres" Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut, Merfy, Champagne, France
The vineyards of Merfy, seven kilometers north of Reims, lie on the southern slopes of the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the Montagne de Reims. These slopes were planted shortly after the arrival of the Romans and monks of the neighboring Abbey of Saint-Thierry expanded the vineyards in the 7th century. Today, Chartogne-Taillet remains the only grower-producer in the village and under Alexandre Chartogne’s guidance, the wines of Chartogne-Taillet are some of the most sought-after Champagnes being produced. Lovers of grower champagne are familiar with Chartogne-Taillet’s Les Barres, the single parcel, un-grafted Meunier wine, released first in the 2006 vintage. This was the first wine that Alexandre produced after returning home to his family domaine, from working with Anselme Selosse, his mentor.
In the vineyards, Alexandre does not follow any certifications; his goal is “to respect the soil populations as much as I can”. After careful selection and harvest, the wine is pressed in a 4,000kg pneumatic press. Native yeast fermentation is done mostly in wood: 228 liter barrels with some 600 liter French Oak. There is still stainless steel at the estate and reserve wine is held in large underground concrete tanks, but Alexandre is building a new cellar to store more oak and moving to this medium for his primary mode of elevage and fermentation.
- Winemaker: Alexandre Cartogne
- Farming: Biodynamic
- Varieties: Pinot Noir
- Bottling: July 2016
- Degorgement: June 2020
- Dosage: ~6g/l (Extra Brut)
- Vinification: Neutral Oak Barrel
- 12.5% ABV