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Chartogne Taillet, 'Les Barres' Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2017
France / Sparkling

Chartogne Taillet, 'Les Barres' Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut 2017

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The vineyards of Merfy, seven kilometers north of Reims, 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 producer in the village and under Alexandre Chartogne’s guidance, the wines of Chartogne-Taillet are some of the most sought-after Champagnes being produced. Alexandre worked with Anslem Selosse, who he describes as “my wine father”, returning home in 2006. The first wine that he produced was the 2006 vintage of Les Barres, a very special parcel of ungrafted Meunier, planted in 1952. The soil in this parcel is sand for almost 3 meters before the roots reach the chalk bedrock, allowing the vines “to live in two environments”.

Montagne de Reims
Pinot Meunier
Practicing organic
Limestone sand over chalk
Fermentation and aging in French barrique, aged sur latte for 36 months, bottled as Extra Brut with a dosage of just over 3g/L.