250 plus years of meticulous viticultural records for the family vineyards might engender a certain degree of complacency in most wine growers, but Alexandre Chartogne is a grower apart in Merfy. Thanks to his work with renowned viticulturalist, Claude Bourguignon, Alexandre guides his vineyards with a granular knowledge of the health of his soils and his vines.
St Anne is a snapshot of the full range of Alexandre’s organically farmed Merfy terroirs, from Thanetian sands to Cuisian clays. This iteration is a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, primarily from the 2011 vintage. Strikingly straw yellow, the generous mousse is finely beaded and ushers in aromas of honeysuckle, ripe white peaches, blueberries, almonds, fresh baguette, and Pink Lady apples. A medium-bodied palate is highlighted by Rainier cherries, green plums, and candied lemons ending with a puckering coda. At 4 grams of dosage, this has enough zip to cut through a tartiflette and enough elegant fruit to pair with the finest shellfish. David Salinas
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