Champagne Chartogne-Taillet: Growing Excellence
© Chartogne-Taillet Merfy Vineyards

Champagne Chartogne-Taillet: Growing Excellence

Alexandre Chartogne

©Alexandre Chartogne

A bastion of the Champagne region in the Montagne de Reims, the vineyards surrounding the village of Merfy were first planted by the Romans. At one point, these vineyards perched in the far North of Champagne, were the most widely planted and renowned of the entire region. But sadly, the region suffered greatly during World War I and today plowing the soil can prove tricky. Braving the scarred land to continue a rich family tradition and deliver stunning terroir-driven Champagnes is Alexandre Chartogne of the House of Chartogne-Taillet.

The Taillet family tradition of excellent winemaking dates to the late 15th Century and Fiacre Taillet. But the rich family history has been preserved by the family tradition of written logs, started by another Fiacre Taillet in the 1700s. After starting his career working with the Champagne visionary Anselme Selosse, Alexandre, today considered the most passionately curious and thoughtfully ambitious young winemaker in the region, returned to his family estate. The only remaining grower-producer in the village of Merfy, the House of Chartogne-Taillet practices contentious viticulture and minimal interventionist winemaking with the goal of expressing their unique terroir and enhancing the Merfy reputation.

Champagne Chartogne-Taillet

© Champagne Chartogne-Taillet

Widely acclaimed by critics and enthusiasts alike, the wines of Champagne Chartogne-Taillet are stunning and vivacious. Celebrated for their single vineyard cuvees, the house produces wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and the ancient champagne grape of Arbanne. Utilizing a unique blend of stainless steel tanks, neutral wooden vats, amphore and cement ‘eggs,’ the house follows not set style or rigid blend. Rather they seek to provide the best possible expression of terroir and engaging wines. Perched in its far Northern location and combined with the altitude, the producer-grower wines of Champagne Chartogne-Taillet are stunning in their acidity, uniquely complex and endlessly elegant.

The Wines of Chartogne-Taillet

  • Sainte Anne
  • Brut Rose
  • Cuvee Heurtebise Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2008
Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Sainte Anne The house Brut, the stunning Sainte Anne blend varies widely from year to year. It is fermented in stainless steel tanks with native yeasts and is non-filtered to preserve its unique character. It consistently remains light, bone dry and deliciously fruity. With rare depth and intriguing finesse the wine is both racy and appetizing.

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Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Brut RoseFermented in stainless steel with native yeast, this unfiltered Rosé is a stunning blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Its rich color comes from the addition of still Pinot Noir red wine, which also adds a unique vinous character. With great depth and round sensuality the wine delivers lots of fruit character.

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Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Heurtebise Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2008 A single vineyard cuvee, the stunning 2008 vintage of the Cuvee Heurtebise Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs is fermented in stainless steel with native yeast. Unfiltered for great character the wine reflects the unique vineyard soil of clay over sand on a limestone foundation. The stressed grapes produce a deeply textured wine with good tension and dynamic minerality.

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