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Chartogne-Taillet Extra Brut Champagne les Barres NV

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I tasted this release of Alexandre Chartogne's les Barres bottling at les Avizés during my spring trip, and the wine is absolutely stellar. I did not note the date of disgorgement, but the wine is from the base year of 2008 and is made entirely from sixty year-old pinot meunier vines in the lieu à dit of les Barres in the village of Merfy. The wine was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter. This is an absolutely superb bottle of bubbly, offering up a deep and very complex nose of apple, fresh almond, a dollop of lychee, gentle brioche, a very, very complex base of soil tones, lime blossoms, just a hint of mossiness and a discreet framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with lovely acidity and focus, great backend mineral drive, elegant mousse and outstanding length and grip on the perfectly balanced finish. This is great juice. 2014-2035. (May/Jun 2014)

Color: White
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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I tasted this release of Alexandre Chartogne's les Barres bottling at les Avizés during my spring trip, and the wine is absolutely stellar. I did not note the date of disgorgement, but the wine is from the base year of 2008 and is made entirely from sixty year-old pinot meunier vines in the lieu à dit of les Barres in the village of Merfy. The wine was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter. This is an absolutely superb bottle of bubbly, offering up a deep and very complex nose of apple, fresh almond, a dollop of lychee, gentle brioche, a very, very complex base of soil tones, lime blossoms, just a hint of mossiness and a discreet framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and rock solid at the core, with lovely acidity and focus, great backend mineral drive, elegant mousse and outstanding length and grip on the perfectly balanced finish. This is great juice. 2014-2035. (May/Jun 2014)

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