Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne Brut Champagne
Top 100 of 2017
James Suckling: "Even parts of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir naturally fermented in a combination of stainless steel and wood, this has a beautifully pure and fresh nose with almonds, brioche, lemon, chalky stony aromas, light rose, vanilla and strawberry. Beautifully nuanced and detailed palate with a super fine thread of acidity that fuses perfectly ripe fruit that is coated in a sheen of very smooth polished tannins. Delicate, seamless and long, crisp apple finish. Drink now." Oct 2017
Wine Spectator: Designated Top 100 Wine of 2017. "A bright, finely meshed version that shows beautiful harmony throughout, offering flavors of Gala apple, spring forest, almond pastry and lemon curd riding the creamy mousse. Lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2022. 1,300 cases imported." Nov 2017
Decanter Magazine on the Chartogne-Taillet Estate: "Since taking over his family’s 12ha estate in 2006, Alexandre Chartogne has emerged as one of Champagne’s brightest rising stars. The village of Merfy, northwest of Reims, is distinctive for its sand and clay soils, and while it has been renowned for its wines since the Middle Ages, it’s been largely ignored of late. Chartogne is the sole contemporary champion of this forgotten terroir, and his viticulture aims to express these soils with clarity and precision. He uses organic treatments, promotes biodiversity through cover crops, and encourages deep-root systems through regular ploughing, often by horse rather than by tractor. In the cellar, each parcel is vinified separately with indigenous yeasts, in either oak barrels, stainless-steel tanks or concrete eggs, depending on the individual wine. Chartogne-Taillet’s non-vintage brut, called Sainte-Anne, serves as a fine introduction to both the estate and the village, while his series of single-vineyard Champagnes from sites such as Les Barres, Orizeaux and Heurtebise explore Merfy’s terroirs in greater detail." Aug 2015
Terry Theise*: "I drink a lot of this wine at home, and every bottle makes me glad. It’s a Champagne of impact; it’s just earthy enough to be marked as a grower but just polished enough to indicate fine Champagne. It’s full of character, solid enough to be toothsome, silky enough to gliss across the tongue. Base wines are unfiltered. 80-20 steel to wood. Average 32-year vines. "
*wine importer and writer for 30 years. NYT's Wine Critic Eric Asimov says of Terry "Of all the importers I know, Theise is the only one whose id is directly connected to his mouth".
|Varietal||60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir
|Aging||10 months in stainless steel tanks; 36 months on the lees
|Region||Merfy, Champagne, France
||Limited at 1,300
Top 100 of 2017