Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The NV Cuvée Louis is another fabulous wine from Tarlant. The Cuvée Louis is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, predominantly 1998, with a dash of 1997 and 1996, fermented in oak barrels. A warm, explosive core of fruit radiates from this generous, expansive Champagne. Hints of hazelnut and pear inform the long, beautifully articulated finish. Despite the low dosage of three grams per liter and no malolactic fermentation, this shows remarkable texture and creaminess. This bottled was disgorged in May 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2018.
Bread aromas mix with a rich smoke note in this vibrant, yeasty Champagne, which layers these elements with apple compote, blackberry preserves and candied citrus peel flavors, all set in a polished package despite the muscular framework, with a long, smoky finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright gold. Deep, honeyed, vaguely oxidative nose offers smoky apple, pear, orange and potpourri aromas, along with a toffee component. A rich style with broad pear and peach pit flavors deepened by brown butter and nutmeg. Toasty and dry on the long finish. Try this with a buttery lobster dish.