Chartogne – Taillet “Sainte Anne”, Champagne


Vinous 91/00: “The NV Brut Sainte Anne is a gorgeous wine, as it so often is. Pliant and inviting, with superb textural richness, the Sainte Anne shows Alexandre Chartogne’s style off to great effect. Dried pear, chamomile, mint mad dried flowers are some of the many notes that run through this super-expressive Champagne. This release is a 50/50 blend of 2015 and reserve wines, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, also in equal measure

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250 plus years of meticulous viticultural records for the family vineyards might engender a certain degree of complacency in most wine growers, but Alexandre Chartogne is a grower apart in Merfy. Thanks to his work with renowned viticulturalist, Claude Bourguignon, Alexandre guides his vineyards with a granular knowledge of the health of his soils and his vines.

St Anne is a snapshot of the full range of Alexandre’s organically farmed Merfy terroirs, from Thanetian sands to Cuisian clays. This iteration is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, primarily from the 2011 vintage. Strikingly straw yellow, the generous mousse is finely beaded and ushers in aromas of honeysuckle, ripe white peaches, blueberries, almonds, fresh baguette, and Pink Lady apples. A medium-bodied palate is highlighted by Rainier cherries, green plums, and candied lemons ending with a puckering coda. At 4 grams of dosage, this has enough zip to cut through a tartiflette and enough elegant fruit to pair with the finest shellfish.


The influence is clear; while there is plentiful, bursting apple and lemon zest in the wine, there is also clear-textured minerality, mouth-watering salinity, high-toned focus, and layered complexity.


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