Tarlant "Brut Tradition" Champagne

SKU #1002035 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)  (12/2010)

Wine Spectator

 Loaded with toast, citrus, malt and mineral flavors, this full-throttle, lithe bubbly is backed by a crisp structure. Ends with a mouthwatering impression.  (11/2010)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Mark Gibson | Review Date: 12/14/2010
This Champagne house has been a favorite since Gary Westby introduced me to it over a dozen years ago. The Tradition is a superbly made dry style, excellent length, great yeast/acid balance and a wine that is always a pleasure. Shows a lot of red fruit character on nose and palate. Dosage is low so its crisp. Typically 3+ years on lees and a class above most commercial marques. My favorite wine for a celebration or just to have because you love good Champagne.
Drink from 2010 to 2015

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