Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne

SKU #1002036 94 points James Suckling

 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.  (10/2016)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (5/2013)

93 points 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)  (2/2016)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (12/2014)

90 points Vinous

 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)  (8/2016)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
The most iconic wine at Tarlant is the single vineyard Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne. It comes from a vineyard called les Crayons which is on the slope nearest the Marne on their property. While the rest of their vineyard has widely varied soil types, the Crayons is very pure chalk and quite old- over 60 years. The current batch is based on 1999 and has reserves going back to 1996 and has been aged on the lees for fifteen years, just being disgorged in May of 2015. It is now labeled as extra brut, as the dosage is just 2g/l, but don’t be scared- the 15 years on the lees has made this a rich, full bodied Champagne that is in no way austere or hard. If you want a grower Champagne of spectacular depth and Burgundian power, this even blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir is an excellent choice- it is one of the great single vineyard Champagnes period.

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
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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