L'Aérienne Brut Nature


70% Chardonnay/30% Pinot Noir. Each year the Tarlants make a single multi-parcel wine intended to encapsulate that particular vintage: the name L'Aerienne evokes the airy, ethereal nature of the 2004 harvest, "a year won by Chardonnay" according to Benoìt Tarlant. From 4 parcels across the villages of Oeuilly and Celles-lès-Condé on a mix of hard limestone, flint and Sparnacien clay-limestone soils with vines averaging 40 years old. 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 Burgundy barrels; the wine does not go through malolactic fermentation and ages for a year in barrel. L'Aerienne was bottled in 2005, disgorged in 2018 and received 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--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.

91 points
"Although it is nearly 70% Chardonnay, Benoit Tarlant's 2004 Aerienne is one of the bigger, richer wines readers will find in this vintage. Lemon peel, hazelnuts, spice, baked apple and pastry give the 2004 its creamy, burnished personality. Vinification in barrel gives the wine much of its signature rich texture and layered feel. In other words, the Aerienne is a winner. "
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, August 2016

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Sparkling White
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