From: Champagne, France
Blend: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir (8% vin rouge)
Critical Acclaim: 92 points Vinous
￼Pliant, bold and resonant, with striking depth and exceptional balance, Le Rosé is just stunning in this tasting. Bright red berry fruit, blood orange, mint and rosewater envelop the palate in a deep, resonant Champagne that delivers the goods. Big time. This release is based on 2015. Dosage is 4-5 grams per liter. Disgorged: January, 2021. (AG) (11/2021)
92 points Wine Spectator
￼A delicate rosé that's finely meshed and harmonious, marrying a subtle, chalky underpinning and sleek acidity with flavors of nectarine and baked strawberry fruit, showing hints of crystallized honey and chopped almond. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Disgorged December 2019. (AN) (10/2021)
91 points John Gilman￼
Though the bottling from the base year of 2016 is imminent in the market here in New York, I was fortunate to receive a sample of the 2015 base year of Alexandre Chartogne’s non-vintage Rosé, so I was able to see the wine with nearly a full year of additional bottle age. The wine is composed of a blend of sixty percent chardonnay and forty percent pinot noir, with eight percent of the pinot being still red wine. Sixty percent of the vins clairs are raised in barrel and the wine is given three years aging sur latte, prior to its disgorgement in December of 2019 and a finishing dosage of six grams per liter. The wine offers up a refined bouquet of white cherries, orange peel, a touch of rhubarb, a lovely base of soil tones, dried roses and a nice touch of gentle spice tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and still nicely snappy, with a good core, fine soil signature, elegant mousse and a long, complex and well-balanced finish. This is starting to drink very well, but will continue to age gracefully. (Drink between 2020-2035) (9/2020)
90 points Wine Advocate
￼Based on the 2018 vintage, Chartogne's latest NV Brut Rosé was disgorged in May 2021 with around six grams per liter dosage. Offering up aromas of pear, tangerine and plums, it's medium to full-bodied, seamless and fleshy, with a pillowy mousse and a generous core of fruit. It's one of the more immediate, front-loaded wines in the range. (WK) (1/2022)
Taste: On the nose, it exhibits an intriguing and tantalizing bouquet of ripe red berries, freshly peeled citrus, and subtle notes of mint and rosewater. The palate embraces bold and pliant flavors. Vibrant red berry fruit combines harmoniously with undertones of blood orange, creating an electrifying balance with its crisp acidity. The wine then evolves to reveal a chalky underpinning that showcases a unique texture and depth.
The wine's finish is elegant and persistent, leaving a lasting impression of well-integrated flavors and exceptional balance. Its beautiful complexity, marked by the mingling of power and grace, is a testament to Alexandre Chartogne's masterful wine-making skills and the distinctive terroir of Montagne de Reims.
Pairing: When it comes to pairing, the NV Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Le Rosé Brut Rosé shows remarkable versatility. Its unique combination of power and tension, fruitiness, and chalky undertones lends itself well to a range of dishes.
For a simple yet refined combination, consider pairing it with a chicken liver pâté, where the rich and smooth texture of the pâté is uplifted by the bright acidity and robust fruit flavors of the wine. The wine's inherent complexity also marries well with dishes that contain a hint of spice and offer a touch of richness. Poulet roti (roasted chicken), savory crêpes, and baked goat cheese with honey and cranberry or with bacon and dates would be excellent as well.
Alternatively, explore the realm of seafood, particularly shellfish like grilled lobster or shrimp, or say, soft-shell crabs with curry butter (check out the recipe below), where the crisp acidity of the wine helps to cut through the richness of the dish, while the fruity notes echo the sweetness of the seafood.
Soft-Shell Crabs With Curry Butter
By David Tanis
About. In the rolling hills of the Montagne de Reims, one can discover a profound sense of tradition and commitment to quality in the renowned village of Merfy. It is here that the passionate hands of Chartogne-Taillet craft an exquisite expression of wine that brims with history, dedication, and authenticity.
The NV Champagne Chartogne-Taillet Le Rosé Brut Rosé, a gem amongst the collection of Chartogne-Taillet, beautifully combines the intricacy of its varietal - 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir (including 8% vin rouge). This meticulously crafted blend is birthed from the unique sand and chalk soil composition found in Merfy, a quality that adds profound depth and complexity to the wine. Further enriching the wine’s flavor profile, the fermentation and élevage process is divided between 40% stainless steel and 60% oak barrel, demonstrating an immaculate balance between the two.
Chartogne-Taillet, the only RM producer in Merfy, boasts an impressive annual production of 6,700 cases from a landholding of 11.68 hectares. Its vineyards, a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier, are cultivated organically with immense focus on the health and vitality of the soil. Horses are used for ploughing, and much of the work is done manually, adhering to traditional practices.
Guided by the wisdom of his wine father, Anselm Selosse, Alexandre Chartogne, the steward of Chartogne-Taillet, took control of the estate in 2007. His commitment to returning to traditional practices and respect for the soil are at the heart of the winery's ethos. His decision to use native yeasts for fermentation is a testament to his commitment to creating authentic wines that faithfully mirror their terroir.
The Le Rosé Brut Rosé, an exquisite blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is truly a manifestation of Alexandre's devotion to terroir. As per the tasting notes, this Brut Rosé is a full-bodied wine, delicate yet meshed, with finely balanced undertones of nectarine and baked strawberry. Its bold, resonant palate exudes intense red berry fruit, blood orange, mint, and rosewater flavors, further accentuated by a subtle chalky underpinning and sleek acidity.
It is the careful crafting of Chartogne-Taillet's Le Rosé Brut Rosé that gives it a unique dualistic character. Initially, it envelopes the mouth with a mellow texture, which gradually evolves into a long and precise consistency on the palate, showcasing the careful blending process and attention to balance.
Every bottle of Chartogne-Taillet Le Rosé Brut Rosé reflects the deep commitment of the winery to authenticity and tradition. It's not just a beverage, but a journey through history, taking the drinker back to the time when the vines of Merfy graced the royal tables. A testament to Chartogne-Taillet's rich history and unyielding dedication to excellence, this wine is a gem among Champagnes, sure to leave an indelible mark on those lucky enough to experience it.
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