- Focuses in single vineyard expressions of champagne from Merfy
- Talented Grower - Alexandre Chartogne based in the North of Champagne
- Pair with Wild mushroom risotto
The lieu-dit of Beaux Sens lies next to Les Barres, and Chartogne’s meunier vines here are also ungrafted, making for an intriguing comparison.
The chalky bedrock lies just one meter down, as opposed to the roughly three meters of sandy topsoils in Les Barres, and this results in a brighter, more floral wine.
In this tasting, at least, it appears less influenced by 2011 than Les Barres does, its high-toned fruit free of any vegetal notes, and it finishes with delicate, fragrant length, underlined by salty minerality. Peter Liem