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.
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.
- Sainte Anne
- Brut Rose
- Cuvee Heurtebise Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 2008