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 and particularly suited for both black Pinot grapes). The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented with natural yeasts in stainless steel vats. The wine was aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation before bottling in May 2005. The bottles were aged sur lattes, hand-riddled, disgorged in August 2016 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 (La Vigne d'Antan, La Vigne d'Or, La Vigne Royale and BAM!) are vintage-specific, but the vintage is not the emphasis, as evidenced by the fact that the vintage only appears in very small type on the back label. La Vigne d'Or is an example of this (see front-label photo next to this entry). On the other hand, the vintage-focused bottling, of which there is only one per vintage, features the year in large print on the front label, with its name essentially appearing as a smaller subtitle below the vintage; the name of the vintage bottling also changes each year (for example, in 2003 it was "La Matinale").

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

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