N/V Zéro Brut Nature, Champagne Tarlant (2012 Base Vintage)

The Tarlant family have been proudly growing grapes in the Vallée de la Marne since 1687. Their cellars are set in the village of Oueilly, and here brother and sister team, Benoit and Melanie Tarlant, have contributed a significant slice to Champagne's history (custodians of rare varieties and practitioners of long lees ageing). Their wines offer exceptional value for money to boot, particularly given the length of ageing they dedicate before release. The Zéro Brut Nature is the signature cuvée of the Tarlant family, and the current release, based on the 2012 vintage, could not be a finer example of the quality of craftsmanship found in their wines. It is tight, chalky, and vinous feeling, with the scent of green apple and the crunch of fresh acidity. Its six years' ageing in bottle before disgorgement adds depth and creaminess. Blind, you'll trip over yourself saying it's Krug. If we had a 'house' grower champagne, this would be it.

Critic score
91/100
Pricing
Bottle
In stock
£34.63
Case, 6 Bottles
In stock
£207.78

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    34% Chardonnay
    33% PINOT_MEUR
    33% Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2029
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
N/V Zéro Brut Nature, Champagne Tarlant (2012 Base Vintage)

TASTING NOTES

Tarlant's NV Brut Nature Zero (2012 base) packs a serous punch. Rich, vinous and expansive on the palate, the Brut Nature is a fabulous introduction to this range. Lemon oil, chamomile, dried flowers and apricot all open over time, gaining freshness and aromatic lift. Time in the glass brings up tons of red-fruited intensity from the Pinots. This is such a gorgeous NV Champagne. Disgorged: January 31, 2019.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (December 2020)
91/100

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