Chartogne Taillet "Chemin de Reims" Extra Brut 2018 (Champagne, France) - [VM 95]
Chartogne Taillet "Chemin de Reims" Extra Brut 2018 (Champagne, France) - [VM 95]

Chartogne Taillet "Chemin de Reims" Extra Brut 2018
(Champagne, France) - [VM 95]

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About the winery:
Chartogne Taillet is located in the village of Merfy, seven kilometers north of Reim. The vineyards of Merfy lie on the southern slopes of the Massif de Saint-Thierry in the Montagne de Reims. These slopes were planted shortly after the arrival of the Romans and monks of the neighboring Abbey of Saint-Thierry expanded the vineyards in the 7th century. By the 9th century, the vines surrounding the abbey represented the single largest concentration of vines in Champagne and the wines from Merfy earned a great reputation and found their way to the Royal table.

Today, Chartogne-Taillet remains the only RM (recoltant-manipulant, or grower) producer in the village and under Alexandre Chartogne’s guidance, the wines of Chartogne-Taillet have become some of the most sought-after Champagnes being produced. Reviewer Antonio Galloni recently said  "Alexandre Chartogne represents the very best of the artisan grower spirit in Champagne." 

Notes from the Winemaker:
A Champagne where the initial fermentation and aging took place in old barrique with native yeast fermentation. Made entirely from Chardonnay, this Blanc de Blancs coming from a vine site called Chemin de Reims was planted in 1981 and comes from soils that are a combination of sand and chalk-based soils. Aged in bottle for 4 years before release.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2018 Extra Brut Chemin de Reims, 100% Chardonnay, deftly marries varietal expression with the tremendous resonance all the wines show in 2018. Citrus peel, crushed rocks, chamomile and dried herbs are all amplified in a Blanc de Blancs that present the more savory, earthy side of Chardonnay. Even with all its obvious textural intensity and sheer power, the 2018 remains bright and nicely lifted throughout. There is a feeling of translucence here that is beguiling. This is Montagne de Reims Chardonnay at its finest. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged Feb 2023." - Antonio Galloni (Nov 2023)