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A bright, finely meshed version that shows beautiful harmony throughout, offering flavors of Gala apple, spring forest, almond pastry and lemon curd riding the creamy mousse. Lasting, spiced finish. Disgorged February 2016. Drink now through 2022.
The latest release of the NV Brut Sainte Anne is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, based on the 2015 vintage, and it was disgorged in April 2018. This iteration of Chartogne's entry cuvée is especially charming, wafting from the glass with notes of waxy lemon rind, almond paste, elderflowers and spices. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, broad and fleshy, with a generous core of tangy fruit, ripe acids, a refined mousse and a long, flavorful finish. Despite its charm, this is also among the more intense, concentrated renditions of Sainte Anne that I can remember tasting, and it comes warmly recommended.
Strong notes of petrol and yeast combine with those of citrus, green apple and a hint of brioche. There is a borderline aggressive mousse that is almost painfully intense yet it's sufficiently fine that the mouth feel of the flavors is not rustic or unpleasant. The finish is quite dry and crisp and while there is sneaky good length, it lacks a bit of depth. I suspect that this will eventually round out as I do like the underlying material. In sum, if you're going to buy this one I would suggest doing so knowing that it will require at least a few years of cellaring.