Cuvée Louis Brut Nature (2002-03 Base)


50%Chardonnay/50% Pinot Noir. Created by the Tarlants' parents back in 1982, the prestige cuvée Louis is named for Benoît’s and Melanie’s great-great-great grandfather. Louis was the first to bottle estate wine (in 1928) and the one to plant this 0.9 hectares of selection massale Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (in 1946-48). The lieu-dit is named Les Crayons in reference to its particularly chalky make-up. It is a flat site near the Marne in the Tarlant home village of Oeuilly and produces what the Tarlants refer to as a "river wine" of fuller body and richer character. This bottling is a blend of 2002 and 2003. The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented with natural yeasts in tank before aging in barrel with no malo. Bottled in 2004 and aged sur lattes until disgorgement in 2018. Zero dosage. 

94 points
"Tarlant’s NV Brut Nature Cuvée Louis, 60% 2003 and 40% 2002 in this release, is a terrific example of the house style. Baked apple tart, pastry, apricot marmalade, vanillin, honey and sweet oak all flesh out in a striking, super-expressive Champagne. Even with all of its natural intensity, the Cuvée Louis retains terrific freshness and verve. Cuvée Louis is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Les Crayons lieu-dit in Oeuilly vinified and aged in oak. This is a superb edition. Bottled with no dosage. Disgorged: August, 2018."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, July 2019

Product Line: 
Sparkling White
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Farming Type: