2004 L'Aérienne, Champagne Tarlant

This blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from an outstanding vintage is drinking superbly after some bottle age. With this time it has developed a wonderfully textural depth, with notes of tarte tatin and crème pâtissière. It finishes with tremendous energy and zip. 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 didecate before release.

Critic score
93/100
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£71.83
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Case, 6 Bottles
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£430.98
Case, 6 Bottles
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In stock
£430.98
6 bottles available from £381.96 per case, 6 bottles
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WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Champagne, France
  • Grape
    70% Chardonnay
    30% Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Ready 2021 - 2030
  • Colour
    White
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Sparkling
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
    12%
2004 L'Aérienne, Champagne Tarlant

TASTING NOTES

The 2004 Millésime Prestige l'Aérienne is "the answer to 2003," says Benoît Tarlant. "Everything was relaxed. It was a nice and happy year, with good yields but no hail and no storms." The white l'Aérienne blends 70% Chardonnay with 30% Pinot Noir and opens with a clear, concentrated bouquet of white and yellow-fleshed fruits along with citrus aromas and some ginger notes. On the palate, this is very generous and elegant yet pure and vital cuvée with a juicy Chardonnay character right now and lots of finesse. Still very young, the finish is pure, very salty, long and tensioned. Disgorged in February 2018.

Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate (April 2018)
93+/100

The Brut Nature 2004 L’Aerienne is a very pretty vintage Champagne from Benoit Tarlant. Time in bottle has given the wine a bit more textural depth and overall intensity than it showed last year. Chardonnay-infused flavors make a strong first impression, before the presence of the red grapes becomes more evident on the mid-palate. The 2004 finishes with striking freshness and delicacy, but without robbing the wine of its essential richness

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (July 2017)
93/100
Champagne Tarlant

The Tarlants have been making wines in the Vallée de la Marne since 1687. There hasn’t been one generation skipped in over 300 years. Traditions run deep here, much to the benefit of this region’s history and future: the family continues to grow all seven permitted varieties in Champagne, and produce one of only five ungrafted wines in the whole region. With a focus on zero dosage, long ageing, and site expression, the terroir and the tradition of Tarlant are in the safe hands of brother and sister Benoit and Melanie Tarlant, who continue to drive forward this important, and brilliant, grower Champagne.

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