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Champagne AC NV Brut, Sainte Anne
  • 277. Champagne AC NV Brut, Sainte Anne

    Chartogne-Taillet

    65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay (12% alc.)

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    This is a lovely, delicate style of champagne (22g/l instead of the more typical 24g/l for the secondary fermentation), showing very pure citrus fruits with good energy, a hint of quince, brioche and a saline, mineral flavour. It comes from 30-year-old vines planted in sandstone, clay and chalk in Merfy and is made 60% from the 2013 vintage, 40% from 2012. Disgorged in Oct 2016 with a 5.5g/l dosage. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Philippe & Alexandre Chartogne, Chartogne-Taillet
Location
Merfy, Marne
Size of domaine
11 hectares
Grape
50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir. 35 years old on average, massale selection, 9000 vines per hectare
Terroir
Sand, clay, chalk on chalk mother rock
Viticulture
Debud, no vendanges en vert. Soil ploughed for last 4 years. Allow grass to grow, cutting it back only when it becomes too vigorous. Renowned soil specialist Claude Bourguignon is employed to analyse the soils yearly, judge the activity of micro-organisms in the soil and advise on any organic treatments. Manual harvest. Yields average 50 hh.
Vinification
Pneumatic press. Natural indigenous yeasts for smallest vats and barrels, sachcromyces cerevisiae for biggest vats. 1st fermentation has given an average of 10.5% alcohol, so just a touch of chaptalisation necessary. Vinification in stainless steel at 17°C-18°C for 10-14 days. The chardonnay undergo malo-lactics, pinot don’t. Elevage on fine lees for 7 to 10 months. Racked from 1 to 4 times. 20% reserve wine is used (from 2 older vintages – the reserve wine is kept in stainless steel cuves). From 2006 onwards, the wine is neither fined nor filtered. 22g of sugar used for the secondary fermentation. 2½years sur latte. 4.5g/l of cane sugar used for dosage. Kept in cellars for further 4 months post desgorging.
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