Chartogne Taillet Les Couarres Extra Brut 2016
60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir. Alexandre Chartogne a bonafide superstar in Champagne. He’s a singular winemaker, producing some of the most exciting wines in the region. Alexandre is always exploring, thinking, and dreaming about what’s possible, connecting his philosophy to farming and winemaking. Anyone who has listened to Alexandre can feel the sense of exploration and curiosity he brings to his work. After assuming control of his family's winery in 2007, he implemented the goal to respect the soil populations as much as he can. His work is followed by Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, the two foremost experts on soil microbiology, as he does not use chemicals, herbicides, insecticides while plowing half of his vineyards with his horses. Most of the work is made by hand as Alexandre believes that the transmission of terroir comes only through careful work in the vineyard. This single-vineyard wine comes from grapes that all sit on tuffeau. It is a complex and articulated wine filled with delicate characteristics of wildflowers and dried fruit. Alexandre continues to craft thought-provoking wines that are a Champagne geek's dream.