This is the basic nonvintage cuvée from Chartogne-Taillet and the only (slight) disappointment in an otherwise great range. The wine has a yeasty character, with apples and white fruits with toast coming through at the end. But unbalanced sweetness from the dosage was apparent in this bottling—maybe if it is kept it will improve.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.