La Vigne d'Or Brut Nature
BY SPECIAL ORDER ONLY 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 zero 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 (currently in stock: La Vigne d'Antan, La Vigne d'Or, La Vigne Royale and BAM!) are often 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 is "La Matinale").