Tarlant has always been one of my favorite champagne houses, crafting medium to full bodied, complex and rich yet elegant and racy Champagnes from mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir planted on their 14 hectares spread out on 4 different "crus", with a total of 55 parcels located in the village of Oeuilly, Boursault, St-Agnan and Celles-lès-Condé.
The Tarlant family feels that it is particularly important that their wines reveal the diversity of the sub-soil, the vineyards and the blends of their estate. Each parcel posseses its own identity and the various blends bring the complexity and uniqueness to each of the 11 different Cuvees produced.
Recoltant Manipulant (RM) and family run since its creation, Tarlant "savoir faire" consistency and quality were traditionally passed on to each generation with the will to do better than the previous one yet respecting the house taste, profil and character. Currently, Jean-Mary Tarlant represents the 11th generation. He crafted this particular "Cuvee Louis" Extra Brut, which has been named to pay hommage to Louis Tarlant, talented vine grower and winemaker as well as founder of the family estate.
From parcels of vines planted on chalky soil in a "lieu dit" called "Les Crayons", here are some technical facts about today's "Cuvee Louis":
- A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
- From 65 years old vines
- A blend of various vintages: 1998 (about 80%), and 1997 & 1996 (for the remaining 20%)
- Only issued from juice from the first fermentation in "Fût de Chêne" (oak barrel)
- No Malolactic fermentation
- Bottled in May 1999
- Disgorged in March 2009
- Roughly spent 10 years on its lees
- Liqueur de dosage at 3g/L (3 grammes of sugar per liter)
- Consequently classified as an Extra Brut