Champagne Rose, Chartogne-Taillet
cépage 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay, 9% still red wine from Orizeaux
info/source From the village of Merfy
élevage Stainless Steel (for Chardonnay), old oak for PN
sur latte 36 months
Montagne de Reims
Fruit-forward but also anchored, solid, by no means a parfait of fruit-froth; it splits the difference between grip and attractiveness, and an esoteric floweriness arrives at the end. Deg 02/2016.
– Terry Theise
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Press & Reviews
Chartogne-Taillet’s NV Brut Rose exhibits chalkiness as well as the strikingly sweet, nutty, saline savor of oyster liquor memorably found in their (far from) “basic” Ste. Anne cuvee, whose varietal make-up is identical. (But this rose originates entirely with 2010.) These are allied to fresh tomato and red currant, leading to a finish of mouthwatering and cheek-pinching appeal. Relatively spare and bracing, I imagine this will develop a lovely patina over the next couple of years, though naturally for some culinary purposes it will be best enjoyed now.
A crowd-pleasing rosé, this offers finely tuned, mouthwatering acidity paired with fruit-forward flavors of candied cherry and black currant, macerated plum, pastry dough and spiced nut. Displays lovely texture and a lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. 185 cases imported. –AN
(60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay; disgorged in January, 2013 after two years on its lees): Pale orange. Energetic, tightly focused strawberry, raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by Asian spices and smoky minerals. Shows deeper cherry and black raspberry on the palate, along with gentle anise and floral nuances. Finishes with excellent clarity and length and a snap of bitter berry skin. In a racy, precise style that will pair well with lighter foods or give pleasure on its own.
(60% pinot noir, 40% chardonnay, all ’05 fruit; disgorged January, 2008). A subtly fruity yet
complex and elegant nose that is notably sophisticated leads to moderately effervescent flavors that possess good detail on
the rounded, delicious and seductive finish that is particularly savory, intense and wonderfully long. Few Champagnes have a
sappy character to the finish but this one does and it is wonderfully balanced. I would personally drink this now but there’s no