Chartogne-Taillet 'Cuvée Sainte Anne,' Champagne, France

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Merfy, Champagne, France

50% Chardonnay & 50% Pinot Noir

Champagne is an enigmatic wine and county, but do you ever wonder who among the many unsung champagne growers is actually making your wine? Merfy, a village that only produces "grower champagne" is home to the Taillet family. The Taillets have been making terroir driven champagne since day one. Preserving their old vines as long as possible and keeping yields low. Their 'Cuvee Sainte Anne' will transport you to a French kitchen with smells of rich sourdough and white flour. The mouthfeel is lively but retains a creamy mousse with a refreshing palate of juicy yellow apples, homemade cream, raw dough, and a finish of quince. Pop this cork for chicken liver and onions, fried tempura asparagus, or sea urchin sushi!

91pts - Vinous 
"The NV Brut Cuvée Ste.-Anne is, as always, a terrific introduction to Alexandre Chartogne's wines. Equal parts Pinot and Chardonnay, the Ste.-Anne offers lovely textural breadth and nuance. Almonds, honey, mint and dried pears open up nicely in the glass. Think of the Ste.-Anne like a village-level Burgundy from a top grower. Best of all, the Ste.-Anne is a terrific value in fine, artisan Champagne. The current release is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir based on 2012, with 20% each 2011 an 2010 reserve wines. Drink this forward, supple Champagne over the next few years. Dosage is 4 grams/liter."