L'Etincelante Brut Nature
57% Chardonnay/29% Pinot Noir/14% Pinot Meunier. Each year the Tarlants make a single multi-parcel wine intended to encapsulate that particular vintage: the name Etincelante evokes the “glittering” nature of the sunny 2002 harvest, "a dream harvest" per Benoìt Tarlant. From six parcels across four villages on a mix of chalk, flint and limestone soils with vines averaging 40 years old. As for all Tarlant wine, 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 tank; the wine does not go through malolactic fermentation. L'Etincelante was bottled in 2003,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 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.