Chartogne-Taillet is located in Merfy, a village on the southern slopes of the Massif de Saint-Thierry terroir, which is found in the northernmost part of the Montagne de Reims growing region. Whilst the Chartogne family history of growing and producing dates back to 1683, the House of Chartogne-Taillet was founded in 1920. Today the Domaine has a total of 11 hectares of vineyards across the villages of Merfy, Chenay and Saint-Thierry and the plantings comprise approximately 40% Pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Meunier and a small amount of Arbanne.
The terroir of Merfy, with more sand and sandstone than other parts of Champagne, brings a unique personality to the wines. It is also historically important as the characteristic single-parcel champagnes are still reflective of a carefully mapped out mosaic of terroir created by Benedictine monks in the 7th century. The wines are captivating; a little bit rich but not overpowering, gently mineral and importantly, well balanced and very drinkable.
After a short time working with Anselme Selosse, Alexandre Chartogne took control of the family cellar and vineyards in 2006 at 23 years of age. A humble, thoughtful and sensitive young man, he is honing and perfecting the base essentially created by his grandparents after WWII. All his work in the vineyards is meticulous with the absolute intention of transferring the terroir through to the grapes. Biodiversity is the vehicle to greatness in his grapes; no chemicals, herbicides or insecticides are used, livestock roam the vineyards, cultivation is kept to a minimum and organic compost is used where necessary. In the cellar, parcels of grapes are vinified separately in both pre-loved barriques and concrete eggs. Base wines are aged for nine months, second fermentation is induced using yeasts from each parcel and dosage is kept low.