Cuvée Louis Brut Nature (2002-03 Base)


50%Chardonnay/50% Pinot Noir. Cuvée Louis is named for Benoît’s and Melanie’s great-great-great grandfather Louis, who was the first to bottle the family’s estate wines (in 1928); their parents created this prestige cuvée in his honor in 1982. Though the wine is in fact a cuvée of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it is not a blend of sites. It features the fruit from a single parcel of 65-year-old vines called Les Crayons — its name being an indicator of the high chalk (craie) content of its soils — near the Tarlants' home village of Oeuilly along the Marne River.

The base wine is 2003, blended with barrel-aged reserve wines from 2002. The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. Aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation before being bottled in May 2004. The bottles were aged sur lattes for fifteen years. Hand-riddled and disgorged in March 2018 and finished with no dosage. It is the most powerful and rich of the Tarlant wines, balanced with intense minerality and acidity.  

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
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