La Matinale Brut Nature
45% Pinot Noir/28% Chardonnay/27% Pinot Meunier. Hand-harvested very early in the morning (hence the “Matinale” moniker) in this very warm vintage, from multiple estate parcels with vines averaging forty-five years old on chalky soils. The fruit was gently pressed and the juice fermented with natural yeasts in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine was aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation before being bottled in May 2004. Aged sur lattes for ten years before being hand-riddled, disgorged in July 2014 and finished with no dosage.
It is worth noting that the Tarlants distinguish between terroir wines and vintage wines. This can be a little tricky to discern at first. The terroir wines--Antan, Vigne d'Or, and Vigne Royale--feature those site names prominently on the front label, while the vintage is is tucked on the back in tiny type. The vintage-focused bottlings--of which there is one made every year from an ever-changing blend of parcels to reflect the overall nature of that particular year--feature the vintage in large type on the front with a whimsical name in smaller type below the vintage.