Tarlant "Brut Tradition" Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Brut Tradition is a beautiful entry-level wine graced with an open, exquisite bouquet and layers of warm, radiant fruit. Peaches, pears and hazelnuts linger on the pretty finish. The Brut Tradition is 55% Pinot Noir, 37% Pinot Meunier and 8% Chardonnay, but it is the base vintage - in this case the hot 2003 - that marks the wine quite noticeably. This bottle was disgorged in July 2009. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. (AG)
Loaded with toast, citrus, malt and mineral flavors, this full-throttle, lithe bubbly is backed by a crisp structure. Ends with a mouthwatering impression.
This rich, nutty Champagne has great texture and length. The varietal blend is Pinot Noir (50%), Pinot Meunier (35%), Chardonnay (15%) from estate vineyards in Oeuilly (Vallée de la Marne) on the hillsides. 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. You can taste the masculine power of the Pinot Noir, and red cherry fruit features prominently on the mid-palate. The house of Tarlant is one of a handful of 'cult' producers in Champagne, but unlike most 'cult' producers, they have been around since 1687. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)