La Vigne d'Or Brut Nature

2004

100% Pinot Meunier. A blanc des noirs from a single parcel called "Pierre de Bellevue", planted in 1947 in Oeuilly by the Tarlants' paternal grandfather Georges on Sparnacian clay-limestone soils (a type specific to the Marne Valley). The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented with natural yeasts in Burgundy barrels. The wine was aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation before bottling in May 2005. The bottles were aged sur lattes and disgorged in August 2016 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 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 a single one made annually from a blend of parcels most reflective of the personality of the vintage--feature the vintage in large type on the front with the whimsical name in much smaller type below the vintage.

90 points
"The 2004 Brut Nature Vigne d’Or, 100% Pinot Meunier vinified with no skin contact, is rich and sumptuous to the core. Tiny yields resulted in an unusually ripe, almost flamboyant Champagne. Candied lemon, honey, butter, apple tart and sweet spices are all pushed forward. There is no shortage of intensity, although at times, the 2004 comes across as a bit rustic. Disgorged August 2016. "
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, July 2017
92+ points
"The white-golden colored 2004 Blanc de Meuniers La Vigne d'Or offers a clear and very fine, even mineral bouquet with flinty and ripe yet elegant fruit aromas. Firm and fresh on the palate, this is a pure and almost austere Meunier that was disgorged in February 2015. The wine reveals remarkable finesse and elegance but is still firm and austere, especially in the challenging finish that is as charming as an iron bar. I would cellar it for at least another four or five years. There is surely potential, at least in context with the 1999, 2002 and the 2003, which I tasted side by side with this 2004. The acidity (no malolactic fermentation here) still needs to be integrated. Tasted April 2018."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, 238/August 2018
93+ points
"One of the things I respect the most about the Tarlant family is their willingness to age their non-dosé bottlings for a sufficient time for the acids to mellow before they release them. Case in point, the 2004 la Vigne d’Or spent fully eleven years aging sur latte prior to its disgorgement in March of 2018. This bottling is composed entirely of pinot meunier and the 2004 version offers up a superb bouquet of white peach, hazelnut, a very complex base of soil tones, warm sourdough bread, dried flowers and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and impeccably balanced, with a fine core of fruit, excellent complexity and grip, refined mousse and a long, focused and zesty finish. This is simply dynamite bubbly! 2020- 2045+. 93+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2020

SKU/Code: 
DB6171-04
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Pinot Meunier
Farming Type: 
Sustainable