Tarlant "Cuvée Louis" Brut Champagne (1.5L)

SKU #1020843 95 points Vinous

 Here the style is decidedly on the oxidative side, with plenty of warm, nutty and spice overtones that develop in the glass. Almond, hazelnut, orange jam, cinnamon and white pepper all make an appearance. Rich, broad and creamy on the palate, the Cuvée Louis is an excellent choice for drinking today, as the flavors are already a bit forward. The Cuvée Louis will appeal most to readers who enjoy vinous Champagnes. (AG)  (7/2015)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this is a powerfully rich wine...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 NV Cuvee Louis is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the 1998, 1997 and 1996 vintages. Smoke, dried apricots, hazelnuts, oranges and exotic spices come together beautifully in this striking, sensual Champagne. The Cuvee Louis captures a gorgeous balance and harmony from start to finish. The aromas and flavors show the complexity of barrel aging and extended time on the lees, but there is more than enough freshness and sheer verve to provide balance. This crystalline, impeccably pure Champagne is one of the best finest wines I have ever tasted from Benoit Tarlant. (AG)  (11/2011)

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.  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Champagne always tastes best out of Magnum! 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. The wine is fermented in oak barrels without malolactic fermentation. It is aged in oak for 13 months and then on its lees for seven years before release. The current cuvée is a blend of equal parts 1996 and 1997 harvests. This very long ageing process gives this wine lots of complexity and the suppression of the 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! (Gary Westby, Champagne and Sherry Buyer)

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By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
Drinking this Champagne out of magnum is a decadent wine experience. We served this to family friends paired with fresh figs that we had put under the broiler dotted with Cyprus Grove Truffle Tremor goat cheese and some ancient balsamic. The magnum was sent rattling into the recycling bin all to quickly... This is quite a rich Champagne, and is hitting a point in its development now where the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir are on even terms. The savor of old Pinot is not there yet, the caramel of old Chardonnay is still far away, but the black cherry fruit and chalky sparkle are in full stride. Yes, this is about as good as it gets now, and yet the wine promises different experiences that are just as lovely later!
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