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Chartogne-Taillet Cuvee Sainte Anne Brut Champagne

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92pts:

The latest installment of one of my favorite “intro-level” Champagnes, the Chartogne-Taillet NV Brut Cuvee Ste.-Anne Disg. 6/2013 pushes the qualitative element even beyond what I recall under this label from two or three years ago, and must be counted (relative to its appellation) as a sensational value. A haunting nose of ocean spray with clam and oyster liquor anticipates the mouthwateringly saline, mysteriously meaty and seaweed-tinged aspects of a polished palate that’s also informed by luscious, pit-tinged white peach, fresh lemon and almond. (And were it not for that last trio, here would surely be one of those wondrous instances where you find yourself asking how a wine’s flavors can possibly come from grapes!) Ultra-juicy and palate- as well as saliva gland-massaging, the finish here left me licking my lips in anticipation of the next sip. What’s more, this cuvee is among the most versatile at table of any in Champagne. Feel free to follow the current disgorgement for 2-3 years. The blend, by the way, is 60-40 Chardonnay-Pinot and features vintage 2010 with 40% from 2009 and 2008.

Wine Enthusiast 91pts:

Dark, rich and sensuous, this is a ripe Champagne, boasting pear and apricot flavors. Although the aftertaste appears dry, the richness gives it a very sumptuous mouthfeel, leaving a long, full aftertaste. 

Wine Spectator 90pts:

A nice mouthful of bubbly, from the crisp apple and vanilla flavors to the lively texture and clean finish. Everything's in proportion, and it keeps improving as you sip.

From the importer:

I drink a lot of this wine at home, and every bottle makes me glad. It’s a Champagne of impact; it’s just earthy enough to be marked as a grower but just polished enough to indicate fine Champagne. It’s full of character, solid enough to be toothsome, silky enough to gliss across the tongue.Base wines are unfiltered. 80-20 steel to wood. Average 32-year vines.

 


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