Champagne ‘Cuvee Ste.-Anne’, Chartogne-Taillet
The ‘Cuvee Ste.-Anne’ comes from vineyards in Merfy in the Montagne de Reims.
cépage 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
assemblage 60% 2012, 20% 2011, 20% 2010
info/source From the village of Merfy
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sur latte 36 Months
Montagne de Reims
This came roaring back from the 2011 doldrums, and the last couple editions have been the best ever, perhaps a little less
assertive than before but also a lot more elegant and complex. For me it stands in the absolute top class among entry-level
grower-Champagnes; I mean, who has better NV Brut than this???
Now 60% 2013 and 20% each of ’12 and ’11, it’s 65-35 PN/CH, deg 1/2016, very dry (could be “Extra Brut”); it’s an elegant
straight-lined and silky edition of this, as graceful and balanced and tasty as they come. Incisive and classy, chiseled and
vaporous, with an aerial solidity.
– Terry Theise
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Press & Reviews
The latest installment of one of my favorite “intro-level” Champagnes, the Chartogne-Taillet NV Brut Cuvee Ste.-Anne Disg. 6/2013 pushes the qualitative element even beyond what I recall under this label from two or three years ago, and must be counted (relative to its appellation) as a sensational value. A haunting nose of ocean spray with clam and oyster liquor anticipates the mouthwateringly saline, mysteriously meaty and seaweed-tinged aspects of a polished palate that’s also informed by luscious, pit-tinged white peach, fresh lemon and almond. (And were it not for that last trio, here would surely be one of those wondrous instances where you find yourself asking how a wine’s flavors can possibly come from grapes!) Ultra-juicy and palate- as well as saliva gland-massaging, the finish here left me licking my lips in anticipation of the next sip. What’s more, this cuvee is among the most versatile at table of any in Champagne. Feel free to follow the current disgorgement for 2-3 years. The blend, by the way, is 60-40 Chardonnay-Pinot and features vintage 2010 with 40% from 2009 and 2008.
Finely knit, with tea rose and ground anise notes wafting through flavors of white raspberry, glazed apricot, pastry dough and lemon peel. Balanced and well-structured by mouthwatering acidity. Disgorged December 2012. Drink now through 2020. –AN
(60% chardonnay and 40% pinot noir; 60% from 2010 and the rest from 2009 and 2008; disgorged in June of 2013 after three years on its lees): Light gold. Lively scents of nectarine, orange zest and green apple, with a bright mineral overtone. Racy, focused and pure, offering fresh citrus and orchard fruit flavors and hints of smoky minerals and ginger. Picks up a floral nuance on the finish, which lingers with stony tenacity.
elegant and admirably pure nose features floral, baked bread and citrus aromas that lead to delicious and equally refined
flavors that possess reasonably good depth on the solidly dry finish that tails off just a bit. Still, this is a lovely effort and worth
considering for an all-around Champagne that is drinking well now.
While Chartogne's non-vintage brut is typically made from all three grape varieties, the 2006-based version is composed of 60 percent chardonnay and 40 percent pinot noir. "We didn't have a lot of meunier grapes this year," says Chartogne, "so we didn't use it in the Cuvée Sainte-Anne." Twenty percent of the blend is reserve wine from 2005 and 2004, and like all of Chartogne's wines, this is grown entirely in the village of Merfy. This is perhaps the first Cuvée Sainte-Anne to really express Alexandre Chartogne's style: it feels modern in its vibrant and virile fruit character, and its lowered dosage (5.5 g/l) gives it an overtly vinous and energetic intensity. There's a sleekly sculpted depth of fruit on the palate, with dark, pinot-driven flavors of cherry and plum feeling prominent at the moment, and overall it's harmonious, composed and highly expressive. Last tasted: 3/10