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    7 749
  • Producer ranking ?

    16
  • Decanting time

    30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Seafood, Salads & Consommes

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The Story

This Champagne comes from a rare, ungrafted vineyard of Pinot Meunier. Phylloxera has never touched this sandy parcel, and we passionately continue to preserve these vines. The limestone content is lower in this vineyard than in the surrounding ones, with only the primary root of the vine descending deep into the calcareous bedrock. This wine provokes strong emotions. Once the proper tasting temperature is reached and the wine sufficiently aerated (varying according to the vintage), it offers a wide range of flavors and aromas that reflect the history and origin of our terroir.

  • Blend : 100% Pinot Meunier from ungrafted vines
  • Dosage : No added sugar
  • Vinification : Oak barrels (3 to 9 years old), natural yeasts, no filtration
  • Vine age : 60 years old/li>
  • Vintages : 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Soils : Thanetian sands, with a deep root system extending over two meters (over 6.5 feet)

 

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Sometimes it is good to turn from the glamour of big champagne houses to the more earth-bound approach of a pragmatic peasant. Chartogne-Taillet in Merfy, which is located in the northern part of Montagne de Reims, is a paradigm of an enthusiastic and innovative farmer-producer. Working side by side with his father Philippe and mother Elisabeth, Alexandre Chartogne acquired his knowledge from the legendary Avize-based Anselme Selosse, and is open to new experiments and quality improvements. Talking with Alexandre, who is dedicated to cultivation and production, takes one deep into the mysteries of champagne production.
Most of the vineyards of Montagne de Reims can these days be found south of the city of Reims. The northern vineyards have given way to the expanding city, and, in addition to the damage done by Phylloxera, war has also complicated cultivation in the area. The hills of Montagne de Reims have a strategic view straight to the city of Reims, and this has turned them into battle fields more than once; the planted area in Merfy has decreased from 105 hectares to 45 as a result.
Despite its small size and rather unknown status, the south facing plots of Merfy are able to produce exceedingly interesting wines. Alexandre Chartogne characterises their style as stronger and richer in nuances than those of the wines of southern Montagne, but not quite as fruity.
Organic cultivation and the concentrated yield of old vines are key elements to the rich and strong style of Chartogne-Taillet. Their whole repertoire, from the non-vintage standard Sainte-Anne champagne to the prestige cuvée Fiacre, is first-rate, as is their rosé champagne. The most impressive experiences, I have to say, have been derived from the new Les Barres single-vineyard champagne.

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A really cool monster wine with its compact licorice, rödbetsosande and pumped dark style reminiscent of Champagne from Egly Ouriet. A wine made out of grapes from unseeded Meunier vines in Merfy. Oak barrels, natural yeast and batonnage provides a particularly impressive power and serious dark appearance.

  • 86p
Small bubbles, nice nose with aromas of lime, exotic fruits and wild flowers. On palate first little tight but after ten minutes citrus, lime, apple skin and brioche nicely mixed on palate. Multidimensional taste and long finish.
  • 90p
Familjen Chartogne har varit vinodlare i den lilla byn Merfy redan på 1500-talet. De två bröderna driver en kvalitetsinriktad egendom med tillgång till mycket gamla vinstockar. Faktiskt även en liten del prephylloxera-stockar. Philippe är utbildad i Bourgogne och har en stark tilltro till receptet att låg avkastning ger hög kvalitet. Druvorna kommer från 11 hektar i Merfy, Chenay och Saint Thierry. TASTINGNOTE Ett riktigt häftigt monstervin som för tankarna till Egly-Ouriet med sin kompakta lakrits, rödbetsosande och pumpade mörka stil. Gjord på vin från oympade Meunierstockar i Merfy. Ekfat, naturjäst och batônnage ger en synnerligen imponerande tyngd och seriös mörk framtoning.
  • 90p
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Origin

Reims, Champagne

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

1h

Drinking temperature

6

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