L'Etincelante Brut Nature

2002

57% Chardonnay/29% Pinot Noir/14% Pinot Meunier. It was “a dream harvest” according to Benoît Tarlant. From six parcels with an average vine age of 40 years and soils of chalk, limestone and silex. Bottled in July 2003; first disgorged in March 2018. This is a brand-new release, after that of the 2004 L’Aérienne last year, as it “was not in a hurry to show its generosity”.

95 points
"The 2002 Brut Nature L’Étincelante is one of the most restrained 2002 Champagnes readers will come across. And it is absolutely exquisite. Delicate scents of apricot, chamomile, pear, baked apple tart, brioche and yellow flowers all lift from the glass. Medium in body and super-refined, the 2002 has so much to recommend it. This is a tremendous showing from Benoit Tarlant.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
, July 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB5813-02
Product Line: 
Wine
Sparkling
Sparkling White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Farming Type: 
Organic