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2009 Champagne Tarlant Brut Prestige Cuvée Louis (750ml)
Producer: Champagne Tarlant tarlant.com
Appellation: Champagne - France (AOC)
Type: sparkling white
Varietal: Chardonnay - Pinot Noir
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$80.00
Related Ratings:
rated (1998 vintage, 750ml bottle) : December 2, 2008 , Parker Guide (US)
94 points "This awesome Champagne has been vinified completely in new oak casks. Made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, this is one of the richiest, most honeyed and complex Champagnes I have tasted. The fermentation in new oak has given the wine structure, added richness (did I detect strawberries?), and a creamy, honeyed texture, but none of the oak flavours. The wine is full and fresh, without heaviness. Quite a discovery, this is a remarkable Champagne"
tasted (1995 vintage, 750ml bottle) : May 6, 2007 , kim de vliegher
4.5 stars "Color: bright; Nose: complex; Sweetness: dry; Finish: persistent; "
rated ( vintage, 750ml bottle) : December 10, 2004 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"This is Tarlant's top of the line wine, and one of the best Champagnes we carry regardless of price. It is made of half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir from the chalkiest portion of the Tarlant families hillside vineyards in Oeuilly (Vallée de la Marne). The Tarlant family uses organic practices in the vineyard- but they are very coy about calling themselves organic, no doubt due to the family's prominence in the vignerons association in Champagne. The plot that the grapes come from is called 'les Crayons' and the vines are all over 35 years of age, but average out to 50 years. It is fermented in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation. It is aged in oak for 13 months and then on its lees for seven years before release. The current cuvee is a blend of equal parts 1994 and 1995 harvests. This very long ageing process gives this wine lots of complexity and the suppression of the malo and the high quality old vine fruit give it the vivacity of youth. Look for flavors of cinnamon, lightly toasted bread, and apples. The dosage is very, very low and the finish is dry, precise and ultra long. Hold on to your hat, this wine has it all! (Gary Westby, Champagne and Sherry Buyer)"