1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Pinot Meunier. This cuvée makes up 70-90% of Tarlant’s production and “is my daily obsession”, says Benoît Tarlant. Zero reflects the Tarlant emphasis on unadorned terroir, with no selected yeasts and no dosage The compostion is generally 60% of the base vintage–in this case 2012–plus 40% reserve wine–here from 2008-2011. The organically farmed, hand-harvested fruit comes potentially from all 62 of Tarlant’s parcels from across 4 villages (Oeuilly, Boursault, St-Agnan and Celles-lès-Condé), and incredibly, each is vinified separately to give maximum flexibility in dialing in the blend.
The fruit is gently pressed and the juice fermented with natural yeasts in Burgundy barrels ranging from new to 30 years old. The wine generally does not go through malolactic fermentation. Moved by gravity only, the new vintage is blended with reserve wines that have been barrel-aged for about 6 months. The bottles are aged sur lattes for at least several years before release. The 2012-base Zero was disgorged in 2018 (see back label for the exact month) and received zero dosage.
“Champagne Tarlant “Zero” Brut Nature (Oeuilly) The new release of Tarlant “Zero” Brut Nature hails from the superb base year of 2012. It is its customary blend of one-third each of chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier and was disgorged in November of 2017. The wine offers up a beautiful bouquet of apple, pit fruit, brioche, hazelnut, a complex base of soil tones, gentle smokiness and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core and soil signature, refined mousse and excellent length and grip on the beautifully balanced finish. There are not many non-dosé bottlings that can offer such marvelously buffered acids, but Benoît and Mélanie Tarlant age their wines far longer on their fine lees than most producers these days! Fine juice and a great value. 2020-2040. ” –92 Points