La Vigne d'Antan Brut Nature Non-Greffée
100% Chardonnay. From a plot of ungrafted ("non-greffée") vines, planted by the Tarlants' grandfather in 1962 and named "Les Sables" for the very sandy, siliceous soils. The historical way of propagating these special vines led to the name "Antan", meaning essentially "yesteryear". As for all Tarlant wine, the vines are organically farmed and harvested by hand and the clusters very slowly and gently pressed. The juice ferments spontaneously with native yeasts in tank; the wine does not go through malolactic fermentation. The 2002 Antan was bottled in 2003, disgorged in 2017 and received 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.