La Vigne Royale Brut Nature
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100% Pinot Noir. Tarlant's blanc des noirs from a single parcel of vines called "Mocque Tonneau", planted in 1972 by the Tarlants' maternal grandfather Maurice on a steep, chalky hillside in Celles-lès-Condé at the junction of the small Dhuys and Surmelin rivers (a favorite gathering place for the royal court of the Bourbon kings, hence the name of this bottling). The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented in stainless steel vats with natural yeasts. The wine was aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation before being bottled in May 2004. Aged sur lattes, hand-riddled, disgorged in June 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.