Chartogne-Taillet MV 'Cuvée Sainte Anne' Brut, Merfy, Champagne, France

Chartogne-Taillet MV 'Cuvée Sainte Anne' Brut, Merfy, Champagne, France

Chartogne-Taillet

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Chartogne-Taillet MV 'Cuvée Sainte Anne' 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.

In the vineyards, Alexandre does not follow any certifications; his goal is “to respect the soil populations as much as I can”.

  • Winemaker: Alexandre Cartogne
  • Farming: Practicing Organic with Biodynamic Principles
  • Varieties: 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier, 60% 2017 base, 40% from 2016 & 2015. 
  • Vinification: 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 (40% Stainless Steel, 60% Oak barrel). Partial ML.
  • Aging: 24 months on lees.
  • Tasting Notes: Dried orchard fruit, spice, pastry, baked apple tart
  • Scores:  92 pts, Vinous. The NV Brut Cuvée Ste.-Anne is an absolutely stunning Champagne for its complexity, value and soulfulness. Rich and creamy on the palate, with tons of resonance, the Cuvée Ste.-Anne is absolutely impeccable. Dried orchard fruit, spice, pastry, baked apple tart and lemon confit all infuse the Cuvée Ste.-Anne with striking complexity and depth. I can’t think of too many Champagnes that deliver this level of quality for the money. Not surprisingly, I have seen it offered by the glass in a number of top restaurants around the world. Alexandre Chartogne does a fabulous job with this cuvée. Don’t miss it. - Antonio Galloni

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