2004 Vigne d'Antan, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Non-Greffée, Champagne Tarlant

2004 Vigne d'Antan, Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Non-Greffée, Champagne Tarlant

In the world of Grower Champagnes, this cuvée stands out as a unique and distinctive voice. It comes from a single vineyard named ‘Les Sables’ in the village of Oueilly, where the Tarlant family have been based since 1687. It’s made from 100% ungrafted Chardonnay vines, planted in 1962. The sandy soils of this site are particularly inhospitable to phylloxera, meaning the vines could be planted in this ancient manner, and the resulting purity of expression in the wine is arresting. There’s a sweet floral note on the nose, leading to a smoky echo of dried camomile. Its chewy acidity gives the palate extraordinary youth and energy; it’s incredible to think the wine is almost 20 years old. 17 years’ ageing in bottle (sur lattes) before disgorgement has preserved the primary apple character of the fruit and chalky length of the wine with remarkable clarity. The zero dosage (no added sugar in the liqueur de tirage at disgorgement) means the wine has a savoury bite to cut through the richness achieved through long ageing. This is an outstanding portrait of the great 2004 vintage, where structure and balance have produced wines that will drink beautifully for years to come. Disgorged June 2022, 0 g/l dosage. Just 1,300 bottles were produced.

Critic score
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Case, 6 Bottles
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Wine details

  • Region & country
  • Grape
  • Maturity
    Ready 2023 - 2032info
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV

Tasting notes

The 2004 La Vigne d’Antan, 100% Chardonnay from ungrafted vines, emerges from a parcel near the winery. White flowers, mint, citrus and white pepper lend tremendous vibrancy to this nervy, sinewy Champagne. Bright saline accents that extend the chiseled finish beautifully. The 2004 is just exquisite. Disgorged: June 5, 2021.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (May 2022)

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