Chartogne-Taillet

Champagne, France.

Available nationwide.

Alexandre Chartogne is one of Champagne’s brightest young talents—his pure, energetic wines are well on the way to setting a new regional standard. This producer is based in the northernmost outpost of the Champagne region, seven kilometres north of Reims in Merfy. This is one of a crescent of villages of the Massif de Saint-Thierry, an area that has been planted with vines at least since the time of the Roman Empire. The Benedictine monks of the neighbouring Abbey of Saint-Thierry expanded the vineyards in the 7th century and carefully mapped out the different terroirs.

The Domaine itself dates back to 1920 but it was only as recently as 2006 that things really started to change. Fresh from a stage with Anselme Selosse, Alexandre returned to Chartogne-Taillet with the ideal that that the transmission of terroir would come only through careful work in the vineyard. To this end no chemicals, herbicides or insecticides are used, cultivation is only when required, sheep and chickens roam the vineyards and organic compost is used where necessary. All effort is on maximising life in the soil. In the cellar each parcel is vinified separately. Primary fermentation is wild, and largely in second-hand barriques (although Chartogne has also used concrete eggs for some time). In most cases the base wines are aged for nine months (far longer than most Champagne) before assemblage and tasting. The second fermentation in the bottle is induced using yeasts selected from each specific parcel. Dosage is low and, as Chartogne hones his style, we find it’s in lower proportions each year.

Alexandre Chartogne’s reputation as one of Champagne’s most thoughtful and ambitious growers shows through in his wines. In terms of the range, the Cuvée Sainte Anne and corresponding Rosé remain the only wines using more than one grape and one vintage; the single-vintage parcelle wines are all only the product of a single harvest and a single grape variety.

Wine

Sainte Anne

Variety

Typically predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with smaller amounts of Pinot Meunier (Varies according to the harvest).

Terroir

Thanetian sands and clays to Cuisian soils.

Vineyard

A representation from the vineyards of Merfy

Viticulture

Organic, manual, minimal machinery.

Winemaking

Stainless-steel tanks and concrete eggs, natural yeasts, no filtration, minimal sulphur. Releases usually contain at least 40% reserve wines, and maturation on lees a minimum of 36 months. Dosage: Minimal (Usually between 5.5-7g/L)

Le Rosé

Variety

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (varies according to the harvest).

Terroir

Calcareous sands

Vineyard

Predominantly Orizeaux

Viticulture

Organic, manual, minimal machinery

Winemaking

Stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels, natural yeasts, no filtration, minimal sulphur. Dosage: Minimal (Usually around 5.5g/L)

Orizeaux

Variety

100% Pinot Noir

Terroir

Thanetian sands lying on sandstone, with a deep root system extending over two meters (over 6.5 feet), to the limit of the bedrock, 50-year-old vines

Vineyard

Orizeaux

Viticulture

Organic, manual, minimal machinery.

Winemaking

Older oak barrels (three to nine years), natural yeasts, no filtration, minimal sulphur.

Heurtebise

Variety

100% Chardonnay

Terroir

Sandy and limestone-rich, 35-year-old vines

Vineyard

Heurtebise

Viticulture

Organic, manual, minimal machinery

Winemaking

Fermentation in stainless-steel tanks, concrete egg and oak barrels, natural yeasts, no filtration, minimal sulphur. Long maturation (48+ months) in bottle on lees, disgorgement of 5.5g/L.

Orders

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