Tarlant Cuvee Louis, Epernay (750ml)

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Region: Champagne
Sub-Region: Epernay
Grape Varietal: Sparkling
Review Score: 94V, 93WA

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The NV Brut Nature Cuvée Louis is based on 1999, with reserve wines from 1998, 1997 and 1996 that spent fourteen years on the lees. It is Tarlant's richest and most powerful Champagne, with a host of warm, oxidative inflections that aren't common in most of his other wines. Hazelnut, smoke, licorice, dried herbs and baked apple tart are some of the notes that lift from the glass. Readers who like mature Champagnes will find much to like in the Cuvée Louis. This is an especially fine bottle. This disgorgement was bottled with no dosage, whereas previous releases have had a small amount of sugar. Disgorged: May 2015.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Nov 2015)

The Cuvée Louis Brut Nature is a 50/50 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend sourced in the lieut-dit Les Crayons. This is based on the 2008 vintage (85%) and Réserve wines of 1998, 1997 and 1996 (15%); it opens with a deep and complex, very mineral bouquet. The purity, precision and elegance on the palate is stunning, as is the intensity of flavors. The wine has a nice reduction and tightness, and keeps the freshness. Impressive wine with food. Disgorged in January 2016.

93 points, eRobertParker.com (Issue # 225 - Jun 2016)