Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards with similar chalky terroirs from Mardeuil, Epernay and Moussy.
Orientation: Multiple parcels, varied exposure.
Soil: Clay and limestone. Very chalky.
Viticulture: Practicing biodynamic. Soils worked manually, grapes are hand harvested.
Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation, no malolactic, no fining or filtration.
Aging: Aged in oak barrels for eight months. Less than 6 grams/liter dosage.
Notes: The Expression cuvee is meant to be the ultimate expression of Charlot's chalkiest soils from the three villages of Mardeuil, Epernay and Moussy. Full and focused, this entry-level cuvee is lip-smackin' good and farmed with the utmost care.
The Extra Brut Expression is deep, powerful and vinous in the glass. White flowers, savory herbs, licorice and orchard fruit are all nicely delineated throughout. Hints of chalk, dried flowers and mint add further shades of nuance. There is a savory edge to the 2011, but there is also more than enough depth in the fruit to balance things out. Dosage is 6 grams/liter. Disgorged: January 2015.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The current release of Charlot-Tanneux "Expression" Extra Brut NV from Vincent Charlot is comprised of a blend of seventy percent pinot meunier, twenty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir and is from the base year of 2010. The wine was finished with a
dosage of six grams per liter, and like all of the wines from Monsieur Charlot, it was fermented with indigenous yeasts, did not undergo malo and the vins clairs were aged for eight months in older casks prior to assemblage. The bouquet is bright and extremely stylish, as it wafts from the glass in a blend of apple, white peach, fresh almond, chalky minerality, brioche and a topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and brisk, with outstanding midpalate depth, impeccable focus and balance, elegant mousse and a very long, vibrant and classy
finish. This is still very early days for this excellent non-vintage Brut, and I would love to see this wine again in five or six years, when it has really had a chance to blossom with bottle age. This is a stunning value! 2015-2030+. - John Gilman