100% Chardonnay from the single vineyard Chemin de Reims planted in 1981, calcareous sandy soils make for a precise wine from the stellar vintage of 2012.
“The Chartogne-Taillet Champagnes are gorgeous, transparent and focused.“ - Antonio Galloni from The Wine Advocate Nov 2012
Champagne Chartogne-Taillet is produced exclusively from grapes grown in the family’s vineyards mostly in Merfy. The vineyards of Merfy, seven kilometers north of Reims, lies on the southern slopes of the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the Montagne de Reims, an area with intriguing parcels of Grand Cru height. The estate counts thirty parcels totaling 11 hectares of vines averaging 25 years old composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier.
Having worked under the Grower-Champagne Movement hero Selosse, Alexandre put into practice Selosse’s ideas both in the cellar and in his vineyards of Merfy. The viticulture is centered on preserving the singularity of each terroir, the particular soil of Merfy (a combination of sand, clay and chalk) implies a lot of work in order to fully extract the real minerality it carries.
Chartogne Taillet Chemin de Reims 2012 (Blanc de Blancs)