Chartogne – Taillet Sainte Anne Brut

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Vineyard: Chartogne – Taillet

Region: Champagne

Country: France

Vintage: N/V

Producer: Chartogne – Taillet

Importer:

Grape: Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 12%

Price: $35.00

APPEARANCE:

Perfectly buttery, reminiscent of golden raspberries ripe for the picking. To me the late summer afternoon haze on a meadow. Tiny bubbles rise lively to surface.

NOSE:

So very delicate, fresh floral notes five way to deeper more complex baked fruits and biroche.

PALATE:

Granny smith apples are my initial aroma, kiwi fruits and limes dance around with little florals that stretched long into the finish. A perfect balance between the chardonnay that provides the crispness and the pinot noir that rounds off the palate beautifully. It’s as if the characteristics of each grape alternate in revealing the qualities and flavours. They play off, and play up each other perfectly. The absence of the pinot meunier allows the chardonnay and pinot noir to shine. Strawberries linger in the finish.

PAIR WITH:

Perfectly paired with the pan seared salmon we had  for dinner. I think it would be equally harmonious with a fruit tart. We tried it with fresh strawberries, the really brought out the darker fruits and the sweetness in the champagne, and vice versa.

Florrie‘s footnote;

Such a delight.

Pink limoncello fizz

This is the perfect thirst quencher after a rambling country walk on a sunny autumn day.The thirst quenching trio

The thirst quenching trio

Cobra Commander and I brought the limoncello in Venice on our honeymoon, were thought it was about  time that we opened it. I’ve used a cheap champagne here, but it could easily been exchanged for proseco if you want a little more sweetness.  The cocktail would also then be 100% Italian.

So I started by putting one ice cube into the glass. I love it when there is lemon or lime frozen inside the cube. I brought some trays that do that years ago, always keep at least one in the freezer.

There's a lemon in my ice cube

There's a lemon in my ice cube

Three fingers of tongue tingling tart limoncello

Three fingers of tongue tingling tart limoncello

Ok, to the cocktail, I measured the in fingers, so pour three fingers of limoncello into the glass. It’s not that much, really, It appears to be more because it was made in a champagne flute and they’re narrow….honest!

Pop the pips

Pop the pips

The sound of heaven

The sound of heaven

Look at those bubbles, and the pretty pink hue

Look at those bubbles, and the pretty pink hue

I poured equal parts of the two bubbly mixers, but feel free to add more raspberry sparkletini if you want a sweeter fruitier taste.

St Germain

My new crush is this hand crafted delight from France, St. Germain. A Refreshing delicate tasting liqueur, made from elder flowers . It is contained in a fabulous Art Nouveau style bottle. Delicious for sipping on it’s own, I like to mix with a rosé champagne for a cocktail that’s delectably divine.

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P.S. from Marie… This is soooo good! You all know that I am not a big drinker, but this is so light and really, really good. Florrie got me hooked on it. It has notes of citrus and green grape. 

 I LOVE it with muddled green grapes mixed with pink grapefruit juice and a little seltzer, though I think Florrie may disagree! She doesn’t like grapefruit… if you find some buy it and you can thank us later!

Pink limoncello fizz

On a hot summers day, this is a great thirst quencher, so refreshing and light.

The thirst quenching trio

The thirst quenching trio

Cobra Commander and I brought this limoncello back from our honeymoon in Venice, it’s about time we opened it. I used cheap champagne here, you could use prosecco in it’s place for a little extra sweetness,

There's a lemon in my ice cube

There's a lemon in my ice cube

and then the cocktail will use only  Italian drinks.

I like to add one ice cube, just to keep it chilled, I bought these trays that you

can make ice cubes around slices of lemon and lime a while ago, and they’re my favourite.

I measure the limoncello in fingers,

Three fingers of tongue tingling tart limoncello

Three fingers of tongue tingling tart limoncello

It’s not that much really, they were made in a champagne flute.

Pop the pips

Pop the pips

The sound of heaven

The sound of heaven

Fill to half full

Fill to half full

You can alter the sweetness of this cocktail by adding more or less of the Raspberrytini.

I filled the glass with equal parts of the two mixers.

Look at those bubbles, and the pretty pink hue

Look at those bubbles, and the pretty pink hue