Le Rose Brut 2018 | Chartogne Taillet
|Chardonnay (50) - Pinot Noir (50)
Based predominantly on a single vintage (new release is 2019), Rosé is a champagne rosé comprising a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Meunier with the addition of Coteaux Champenois rouge (still red wine) from one of two of the Domaine’s revered plots—Les Orizeaux in Merfy in certain years, and Les Fontaines in Saint Thierry since 2017. Unlike previous years, this newly released disgorgement (July 2022) includes 20% reserve wine.
An exception among the Chartogne-Taillet range, Rosé requires more varied oenological work than the House’s single-vineyard champagnes, as blending is carefully undertaken to ensure a champagne rosé that is consistently balanced and finessed without excessive opulence, fruitiness or tannicity.
Spontaneous fermentation is allowed to occur, and dosage is 5 g/L.
Deeply coloured with an orange-pink hue, Rosé expresses an alluring bouquet of fresh red berries, lemon and brioche that is reflected precisely on the palate. Further flavours of grapefruit, pear, green apple skin and saline stretch over a dry and generous finish lifted by persistent acidity and gentle minerality—elegantly balanced in its nuance and complexity; rich though not overpowering.
About the domaine:
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”.
In 2007 Alexandre assumed control of the entire estate. In the early years, Alexandre experimented with lots of different vessels for fermentation and elevage, including amphorae and concrete eggs. Watching the wines, vineyards and Alexandre himself evolve over the last 10 years has been extraordinary.
Grapes from sustainable farming, natural yeast and low added sulfites.