Alexandre Chartogne is obsessed with vineyard sites and vineyard work. He took over the family Domaine in the mid-late 2000s and has since embarked on a project to show site specificity within his native village of Merfy in the far north of Champagne. Peter Liem calls Alexandre "one of the rising stars" and we're sure Peter is correct. In general, the north of Champagne has more clay and limestone heavy soil with chalk further beneath the surface than the famous Grand Crus of the southern Montagne de Reims and the Cote des Blancs. Heurtebise is a clay and sandstone heavy vineyard, which gives this Blanc de Blancs a very different minerality than the Blanc de Blancs from further south that wear their chalk on their sleeves, so to speak. And the 2008 vintage is such a joy in the hands of good growers. This wine has finesse, power, riveting acidity and ripe fruit, and an intense, long and mineral finish. Stony with yellow citrus fruits such as tangerine, lemon and lemon curd, it's undoubtedly a great choice for the cellar... if you can keep your hands off for that long. (Disgorged July, 2013) -msb
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