93 Insider Points 

91 Points- Wine Spectator

90 Points- Burghound 

 

REVIEWS

This bubbly is very distinct and will stand out in a crowd with heady notes of white flowers, ginger and honey. The entry reminds me of a well-crafted White Burgundy. The mid-plate and finishes emits a creamy goodness of freshly baked brioche. The Chardonnay portion of the blend screams out with an alluring chalk and mineral notes. This is a sleek and laser like wonder that will cleanse the palate bone-dry. The perfect aperitif and will elevate any seafood and fried food preparation. - Neil M.


"An expressive Champagne, featuring white cherry, acacia blossom, spice and slivered almond notes, set on a refined bead and layered with sleek acidity. Linear and focused, with a hint of salinity lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2020." - Wine Spectator 91 Points

"There is plenty of yeast character to the cool, pure and admirably elegant aromas of citrus and green apple. The yeast and citrus characters displayed by the nose can be also found in the same copious quantities on the palate that is shaped by a firm if not especially refined mousse, all wrapped in a moderately dry and persistent finish. This is drinking perfectly now and while a bit more complexity would undoubtedly result if it was held, this is pretty much a “pop and pour” effort." - Allen Meadows, Burghound, 90 Points

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Champagne
  • APPELLATION
    Champagne, France
  • ALCOHOL
    12.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Every Champagne tasting is a major event for our sourcing team! And the Masters of Wine hosts a masterpiece of a Champagne Tasting each year. Surrounded by fellow wine specialists, sommeliers, and industry masters, it's always the singular expression from Charles Ellner that catches the room.

Family owned and operated, the Charles Ellner stands out year in and year out among the 75 bottles showcased at this prestigious event. And our sourcing team has managed an amazing deal for us to offer on Charles Ellner's Carte Blanche!

A common saying in Champagne is "you don't need a special occasion to enjoy Champagne, it is the occasion!" The truth is that most of us can't shell out over $50 plus for a bottle of quality Champagne on a regular basis. Price relief comes with Ellner's "Carte Blanche" multi-vintage (2008 & 2009) blend, specifically made for the U.S. market. I love Champagne and taste a bevy of it with my of supplier and this one delivers far above its price tag! Act fast this I only have a finite amount at this sensational price.

Charles Ellner is still family owned and its origins date back to Charles Emile Ellner, the founder who started his career as a professional cellar "riddler". He went out on his own and started to acquire vineyard parcels centered around Epernay. In 1905, he released his first family label. One of his grandsons runs the firm today. They source from over 15 villages in Champagne and about 50% is family owned. The label has much-been under-the-radar in the states, but quite beloved in the French, German and U.K. market.

The "Carte Blanche" is a majority of Epernay fruit (Cote des Blancs) comprised of nearly equal parts of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation to preserve the freshness and elegance and rested for 4 years on the lees before being released.

This bubbly is very distinct and will stand out in a crowd with heady notes of white flowers, ginger, and honey. The entry reminds me of a well-crafted White Burgundy. The mid-palate and finishes emit a creamy goodness of freshly baked brioche. The Chardonnay portion of the blend screams out with an alluring chalk and mineral notes. This is a sleek and laser-like wonder that will cleanse the palate bone-dry. The perfect aperitif and will elevate any seafood and fried food preparation. I'm putting a 93-point rating on this effort!

Discerning Champagne palates will be impressed. You look like a star serving this one to your guests at your next dinner party!

TASTING NOTES 

An elegant and subtle blend, fresh and fruity with floral hints Perfect with aperitif. It will also match most starters. 

30 % Pinot Noir – 30 % Chardonnay - 40 % Pinot Meunier in majority from our vineyards of Epernay . Here, close to the « Côte des Blancs”, we find a soil composed of chalk and limestone.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Champagne Charles Ellner, in the heart of Epernay, was and is a family business. At the end of the 19th century, Charles Emile Ellner, the founder of the House, began acquiring small vineyards in Epernay while also starting his career as a professional “riddler”. In 1905, he first released Champagne under his own name. His son Pierre and his 4 grandsons developed the business, and in 1972 the company became “Negociant Manipulant”.

Today the house is run by Jean-Pierre Ellner, one of the grandsons of the estate’s founder. His nephews Frederic and Arnaud Ellner manage vineyards and production. His daughters Emmanuelle Foulon Ellner and Alexandra Ellner also work at the estate.

The House of Ellner possesses about 50 hectares of vineyards, located across more than 15 villages in the Champagne region. The Ellner vineyards produce about 50% of the total grape crop.

None of Charles Ellner’s wines see malolactic fermentation. All are fermented in stainless-steel tanks to preserve fresh fruit flavors (only the Chardonnay blended into the vintage wines spends a few months in giant oak barrels between primary fermentation and bottling). They are then left to sit on their lees for a minimum of 4 years (the law is only 18 months) to allow the wines to soften a bit, fill out, and become beautifully drinkable upon release yet ageable at the same time. They use no Pinot Meunier, as they don’t deem it part of a long-ageing blend.

The painting which inspired Charles Ellner’s iconic labels has been damaged and the identity of the artist has been lost. In 1986, the estate decided to include the painting on their labels. In 2012, Champagne Charles Ellner gave a more modern touch to their labels, focusing on one of the women in the painting.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pair with cracked crab and elevate your fried chicken experience!