TN: 2012 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Extra Brut Orizeaux (France, Champagne)

  • 2012 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Extra Brut Orizeaux - France, Champagne (7/18/2020)
    Fabulous Champagne that is full of citrus and red fruit tones, buttressed by bright acidity, and then has a creaminess that fills out the entire palate. It’s jaw-droppingly good.

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p.s. the ultimate judgement on this wine is that the wife told me to buy more…any vintage any price.

that seals it.

Except 2012 was such an exceptional Pinot Noir vintage that in likelihood most other vintages are not going to reach the heights of the 2012.

But that truly is a beautiful Shampoo. Here’s my TN:

  • 2012 Chartogne-Taillet Champagne Extra Brut Orizeaux - France, Champagne (30.4.2020)
    A single-vineyard Blanc de Noirs from a plot planted in 1961. Vinified in used 228-liter oak barrels. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, bottled unfiltered in July 2013. Disgorged in August 2017. 12%, dosage 3,5 g/l. Total production 2200 bottles. Officially this isn’t a vintage Champagne, but all the fruit comes from a single vintage which can be checked from the lot lumber - this is Lot OR12.

Medium-deep lemon-yellow color. Complex, somewhat sweetish and fruit-driven nose with aromas of creamy custard, baked apple, some toasty autolysis, a little bit of spicy oak, light toffee notes, a mineral hint of chalk dust and a touch of wizened stone fruits. The wine is dry, intense and quite vinous on the palate with a moderately full body and complex, somewhat developed flavors of sweet oak spice, some creamy custard tones, a little bit of panna cotta, light mineral notes of chalk dust, a hint of vanilla and a touch of baked apple. The balanced acidity feels moderately high with great sense of precision. Long, dry and quite acid-driven finish with a broad, mouth-cleansing aftertaste of bruised apple, some chalky mineral bitterness, a little bit of spicy wood, light lemony citrus fruit tones, a hint of toasty autolysis and a touch of tangy salinity.

A wonderful, harmonious and hedonistic Blanc de Noirs that has the muscle and vinosity I look for in Pinot-driven Champagnes, but never comes across as particularly weighty or noticeably oxidative. The toasty autolytic nuances and spicy oak tones go really well with each other, playing to each other’s strengths. This is a rewarding wine on its own, but also a perfect accompaniment to food as well. Drinking mighty well right now, but shows some serious cellaring potential, too. Good value at 58,70€. (93 pts.)

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Yeah, the 2012 effect was clear, but the Chartogne single parcel wines are always at a very high level.

Agree with that one.