Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne
This has a deeper gold-ish hue and plenty of autolysis-driven grilled nuts in addition to nougat and berry pastries. The palate has a chiseled, refined and chalky feel – compressed by age but very fresh still. It's smooth and made up of a delicate layering of elegant peaches and a light cherry finish. A Champagne that shows nice balance but is complex at the same time. Made from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A blend of 1996, '97, '98, '99 and 2000 vintages laid down on lees in 2001 and disgorged in 2015. Drink now.
*Cellar Selection* Equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a powerfully rich wine based on the 1998 and 1997 vintage. It is full, packed with citrus, peach and apricot flavors mingling with a beautiful, generous creamy texture. This is a glorious Champagne, a worthy homage to Louis Tarlant who pioneered the family’s Champagne in the early 20th century.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The Cuvée Louis Brut Nature is a 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend sourced in the lieut-dit Les Crayons. This is based on the 2008 vintage (85%) and Réserve wines of 1998, 1997 and 1996 (15%); it opens with a deep and complex, very mineral bouquet. The purity, precision and elegance on the palate is stunning, as is the intensity of flavors. The wine has a nice reduction and tightness, and keeps the freshness. Impressive wine with food. Disgorged in January 2016. (SR)
Flavors of poached pear, star fruit and lemon preserves mix with hints of chalk, brioche and chopped almond in this harmonious Champagne, with a lively bead and fresh, well-cut acidity. Disgorged February 2014. Drink now through 2019. (AN)
The NV Brut Nature Cuvée Louis is based on 2000 with 15% of the 1999 version. Vinification in barrel gives the Cuvée Louis its characteristic burnished, oxidative personality. Smoke, butter, new oak, caramel, orange peel and spice wrap around a core of deep, layered fruit. I would prefer to drink this sooner rather than later. It will be interesting to see if the new oak, which is strong today, dissipates with further time in bottle. Disgorged: January, 2016. (AG)
Our current stock of Tarlant's extra aged, extra brut "Cuvée Louis" is, as K&L Champagne buyer Gary Westby notes below, based on the 1999 vintage with an additional blend of 1996, 1997 and 1998. It was disgorged May, 2015. While the vintage composition varies from year to year, as noted in the critical acclaim, Tarlant achieves consistent quality and 90+ scores across a range of critical publications, year after year.