Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne

SKU #1002036 93 points 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.  (12/ 2010)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (12/ 2010)

90 points 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.  (11/ 2006)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/7/2010  | Send Email
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 family's 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 45 years of age, but average out to more than 50 years. It is fermented in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation, then aged in oak for 13 months and then on its lees for nine years before release. This very long aging process gives this wine lots of complexity and the suppression of 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!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/21/2009  | Send Email
Wow! This has got to be one of the most delicious Champagnes at K&L. It is made from half Chardonnay and half Pinot Noir and is a blend of the 1996 and 1997 vintages. The Cuvee Louis is full bodied and very dry. What impresses me the most is how complex and interesting this Champagne is. But more important than all of the above, the Cuvee Louis tastes so good and is worth twice the price.

By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/27/2008  | Send Email
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Yes, I love this Champagne this much! It has almost everything that one could ask for in a bubbly. Complexity, quality, cellar worthiness and just plain old fantastic taste! Rich and toasty with golden apples, toasted sourdough and cinnamon. I worship at the house of Krug and Tarlant's Cuvee Louis is a chapel on the property. When we have it, buy a magnum! You won't regret it!
Drink from 2008 to 2012

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Other White Wines

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France

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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose. View our bestselling Champagne.
Alcohol Content (%): 12
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