"Zéro" Brut Nature (2014 Base)
1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier. This cuvée makes up 70-90% of Tarlant's production and "is my daily obsession", says Benoît Tarlant. Zero reflects the Tarlant emphasis on unadorned terroir, with no selected yeasts (as is true for all Tarlant wines), little sulfur and no dosage. The compostion is generally 60% of the base vintage--in this case 2014--plus 40% reserve wine from previous vintages. The organically farmed, hand-harvested fruit comes potentially from all 63 of Tarlant's parcels from across 4 villages (Oeuilly, Boursault, St-Agnan and Celles-lès-Condé), with each parcel vinified separately to give maximum flexibility in dialing in the blend.
The fruit is gently pressed and the juice fermented with natural yeasts in Burgundy barrels ranging from new to 30 years old. The wine generally does not go through malolactic fermentation. Moved by gravity only, the new vintage is blended with barrel-aged reserve wines. The bottles are aged sur lattes for at least several years before release. The 2014-base Zero was disgorged in 2020 (see back label for the exact month) and received zero dosage.