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Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Cuvée Sainte Anne NV

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Christophe Chartogne has inherited a tiny estate to the north west of Reims. Historically, Merfy and its fine hillsides of gravels and sands were important and the wines enjoyed an enviable reputation. However, the area was a battlefield during the First World War and the vineyards were largely obliterated. There’s a Commonwealth War Grave cemetery nearby and ploughing can still be risky business. This is a fabulous estate, meticulously cared for with wines fermented separately by grape variety and by terroir and with increasing use of oak. The wines are light, bone dry and deliciously fruity. Perfect aperitif Champagne.
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Code: CH1821

Wine characteristics

  • Champagne
  • Bone dry
  • Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • 75cl
  • Champagne cork

Chartogne-Taillet

The small Champagne house of Chartogne-Taillet is definitely one to watch. Located in the village of Merfy, north-west of Reims, it is run by dynamic father and son team, Philippe and Alexandre Chartogne. With just 12 hectares of vineyard in Merfy and adjacent villages, this is by no means a large-scale operation and, as far as possible, grapes are sustainably farmed and production is non-interventionist.

The soils here have layers of sand and clay producing rounder wines than those grown on purely chalk. During the First World War Merfy was on the front line and a lot of the vineyard area was laid to waste as a result. This meant it was unable to develop in the same way as other nearby, now better-established areas. The Chartogne family is at the forefront of the movement to rejuvenate the reputation of the region with small, high-quality parcels of single vineyard wines, further refined by the increasing use of barrels.

JancisRobinson.com

16.5/20 Mainly 2008 and Pinot Noir predominates. (Good, informative back label.) Bruised-apple character. Open and sensitive. Almost fragile but a champagne you want to nurture. Very clean and brisk. But...
16.5/20 Mainly 2008 and Pinot Noir predominates. (Good, informative back label.) Bruised-apple character. Open and sensitive. Almost fragile but a champagne you want to nurture. Very clean and brisk. But it also has some palate weight. Well bought! Some length too. And a rather smart label to boot. Very good value.
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Financial Times

Archetypal 'small grower' based in Merfy. A good, informative back label tells us this blend is mainly 2008 and Pinot Noir predominates. This tastes open, somehow sensitive, almost fragile but a...
Archetypal 'small grower' based in Merfy. A good, informative back label tells us this blend is mainly 2008 and Pinot Noir predominates. This tastes open, somehow sensitive, almost fragile but a champagne you want to nurture. Very clean and brisk. But it also has some palate weight. Some length too. And a rather smart label to boot. Geat value.
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- JancisRobinson.com

JancisRobinson.com

Wine of the week: “I have yet to encounter a disappointing example of this satisfying blend designed to express the character of their vineyards.” Marcel Orford-Williams, champagne buyer for...
Wine of the week: “I have yet to encounter a disappointing example of this satisfying blend designed to express the character of their vineyards.” Marcel Orford-Williams, champagne buyer for The Wine Society who are just moving from the 2009-based cuvée to the one based on 2010 at £25, points out 'There's a Commonwealth War Grave cemetery nearby and ploughing can still be risky business. This is a fabulous estate, meticulously cared for with wines fermented separately by grape variety and by terroir and with increasing use of oak. The wines are light, bone dry and deliciously fruity. Perfect aperitif champagne. The Chartogne family is at the forefront of the movement to rejuvenate the reputation of the region with small, high-quality parcels of single-vineyard wines, further refined by the increasing use of barrels.' -
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Jancis Robinson

The Daily Telegraph

...finesse here. TheChartogne-Taillet wines have always struck me as being like cobwebs – made ofslender pieces of delicate spider-silk with an almost invisible but very greatstrength. Very...
...finesse here. TheChartogne-Taillet wines have always struck me as being like cobwebs – made ofslender pieces of delicate spider-silk with an almost invisible but very greatstrength. Very fine-boned. And a blend of all three champagne grapes. The C-Tsrefer to this as an expression of their village. It’s also pretty dry.
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- Victoria Moore

Financial Times

Very racy, direct, clean and breezy. Really neat and concentrated. The flagship blend from this champagne grower in Merfy is a great bargain. 

- Jancis Robinson

Financial Times

Alexandre Chartognestudied with Anselme Selosse but makes less oak-dominated wines. His Ste-AnneBrut is great value

- Jancis Robinson

The Mail on Sunday

Bright with dazzlingfruit, it's amazing value and feels like sipping applause.

- Olly Smith

Shortlist

Delicate with purecitrus fruits, a hint of quince and a touch of salt. Goes well with cured meatsor pâté on toast.

- Sandia Chang

The Evening Standard

…good value...crisp and light…

Andrew Neather

Financial Times

One of the best-valuegrower's champagnes, with modest residual sugar of 5g/l. The youthful currentblend is based on 2012 and should come into its prime over the next four offive years. 

- Jancis Robinson

The Times

…richly fruited,richly spiced… made from 30-year-old chardonnay and pinot noir, [a] cracker,with a wonderfully detailed back label. 

- Jane MacQuitty

JancisRobinson.com

(Tasted blind)Greenish gold. Steady bead. Light nose – not much autolysis. Masses of acidityand quite youthful and almost lemonade-like. Very well made. Clean and a tadgreen. Super fresh. Not much...
(Tasted blind)Greenish gold. Steady bead. Light nose – not much autolysis. Masses of acidityand quite youthful and almost lemonade-like. Very well made. Clean and a tadgreen. Super fresh. Not much finish.
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- Jancis Robinson

Decanter

Stylish nose withcitric inclinations, then a palate where the pinot takes the lead and lends ared fruit character. A bit edgy and youthful, but poised.

- Panel Tasting

Stylist

This is the onlygrower producer in their village. This wine is beautiful in its floral aromasof white peach blossoms and yellow apples.

- Amy Swales

Kent & Sussex Courier

Named after thepatron saint of the grower's home village of Merfy, on the Massif SaintThierry, an offshoot of the Montagne de Reims, this elegant, crisp, light andracy champagne overflows with vivid...
Named after thepatron saint of the grower's home village of Merfy, on the Massif SaintThierry, an offshoot of the Montagne de Reims, this elegant, crisp, light andracy champagne overflows with vivid citrus, orchard fruit and apple blossomflavours set against a backdrop of brioche, perfectly balanced with a lowdosage of 5.5 g/l. Five-star value for a seamless, long and dreamy wine thatworks just as well with scallops, oysters, lobster, sushi, tandoori chicken,cold game, dim sum, white fish in a creamy sauce, fish and chips or smokedsalmon/trout as it does as an apéritif. Fabulous! Another glass, please.
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- James Viner

wineanorak.com

This is really good.And it’s just £24 at The Wine Society. Stunning value for money. 12% alcohol.60% 2014 and 40% 2013, disgorged in December 2016. Equal parts Chardonnay andPinot Noir from...
This is really good.And it’s just £24 at The Wine Society. Stunning value for money. 12% alcohol.60% 2014 and 40% 2013, disgorged in December 2016. Equal parts Chardonnay andPinot Noir from Merfy in the Montagne de Reims, with sandy clay soils overchalk. All the wine comes from the village and they are the only grower in thisvillage. Organically farmed (working the soils with horses, and no herbicidesor insecticides), wild-ferment and no filtration, 6 g/l dosage. Lovely depthand complexity with a lovely savoury density to the palate. There’s a mineralquality, with fine citrus fruit and a hint of apple. It’s really complex andcitrusy with hints of earth and mushroom in the background. The saline detailis really appealing. Everything here works together in harmony.
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93/100 Jamie Goode

The Sunday Times

This champagne isproduced by a small, family-run estate to the northwest of Reims and is winningplaudits from all the right people. Its blend of chardonnay and pinot noir islight, ethereal and elegant.

- Will Lyons

The Scotsman

Star buy: A firstrate grower based in Merfy, a less fashionable village in Champagne justnorthwest of Reims – which was on the frontline during the WW1.  TheChartogne family have used organic...
Star buy: A firstrate grower based in Merfy, a less fashionable village in Champagne justnorthwest of Reims – which was on the frontline during the WW1.  TheChartogne family have used organic methods and non-interventionist winemakingto create this beauty: slight biscuit notes, blossomy, very citric, goodcomplexity.
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- Rose Murray Brown

Olive

Best growerChampagne: Most Champagne houses buy grapes from other growers to make theirwines. Grower champagnes are made by those who only use their own grapes, socan keep a close eye on quality all the...
Best growerChampagne: Most Champagne houses buy grapes from other growers to make theirwines. Grower champagnes are made by those who only use their own grapes, socan keep a close eye on quality all the way from the vineyard to the bottle.Lacking the huge marketing budgets of big brands, they frequently offer greatvalue for money and this is no exception. Fruity but with a bone-dry finish andfantastic balance.
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- Kate Hawkings

JancisRobinson.com

This is one of thebest-value champagnes and Alexandre Chartogne is now experimenting with a widerange of fermentation vessels. This blend is based on 60% 2016 and 20% 2015,the dosage is a low 5.5g/l and...
This is one of thebest-value champagnes and Alexandre Chartogne is now experimenting with a widerange of fermentation vessels. This blend is based on 60% 2016 and 20% 2015,the dosage is a low 5.5g/l and the wine is made deliberately not too fizzy.
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- Jancis Robinson

champagneguru.co.uk

Best value wines forChristmas and the New Year: Based in the village of Merfy to the west of Reims,in one of the oldest areas of vineyard in the appellation, Chartogne-Taillet isrun by Alexandre who has...
Best value wines forChristmas and the New Year: Based in the village of Merfy to the west of Reims,in one of the oldest areas of vineyard in the appellation, Chartogne-Taillet isrun by Alexandre who has taken his parents business, and already good wines, toanother level. Cuvée Sainte Anne NV at £30 is a great introduction to anexciting range.
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- Giles Fallowfield

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