"Zéro" Brut Nature (2015 Base)


32% Pinot Noir/32% Chardonnay/32% Pinot Meunier/4% Petit Meslier + Arbanne + Pinot Blanc. 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 and no dosage. The compostion is generally 60% of the base vintage--in this case 2015--plus 40% reserve wines. 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 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 2015-base was bottled in 2016 and disgorged in 2022 with zero dosage.

91 points
"This year's release is based on the 2015 vintage, with reserve wines coming from the previous three vintages, and is 32% each of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Meunier along with a few splashes of Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Pinot Blanc. A pale yellow hue, the NV Champagne Zero Brut Nature is fresh and lifted with citrus blossom, lemon grass, fresh pear, and saline. Medium-bodied with a fluffy mousse, it’s bright on the palate, with citrus drive and a savory, pithy flourish on the back and bright acidity throughout. It is lively and zesty now and will continue to have a solid drinking window over the coming 8-10 years. Bottled in May 2016 and disgorged in February 2022."
Audrey Frick,
Jeb Dunnuck
November 2023

Product Line: 
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
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