Cellar tracker community - 90 points
EFW review (rated 4/10/19) :
As we’ve said many times over the last few years Alexandre Chartogne is, maybe the best winemaker his age in Champagne and along with Cedric Bouchard, probably the top-2 disciples of Anselme Selosse and we know a lot of smart palates that would put him in the top spot underneath the master. His wines are discrete, mineral driven, and beautiful terroir transparent reflections of his various small parcels on the Montagne de Reims. More difficult to find each vintage.
The Chemins de Reims Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut is from vines planted in 1981, and like all of Alexandre’s vineyard designate Champagnes are from a single vintage. Alexandre owns 27 hectares of vines in Mefy, and practices organic viniculture. He lets wild grass grown between the vines that he uses to measure the health of his vineyards. He currently plows about 1/3 his vineyards by horses, and plans to increase this as time and money allows. Alexandre uses only natural yeasts to ferment, and uses many concrete egg shaped containers to help yeast movement, and to enhance the depth and complexity of the wines. Chemins de Reims was the first recognized parcel in Mefy dating back to the 9th century. Also one of the earliest ripening parcels that produces exception fruit. This 2013 although a baby shows incredible early promise, with its splendid depth, balance and creaminess. A wonderful expression of the Chardonnay grape at sure to be the best pricing on the US market by far!