2002 Champagne Tarlant, L’Etincelante, Brut Nature

2002 Champagne Tarlant, L’Etincelante, Brut Nature

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2002 Champagne Tarlant, L’Etincelante, Brut Nature

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2002 was a legendary vintage across the Champagne region, producing wines with great longevity and a rare combination of acid definition and fruit richness. This was always the case in Valle de la Marne, resulting in a defining vintage for Champagne Tarlant.

This Cuvée 57% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir and 14% Pinot Meunier, all grown from the family vineyards around Oeuilly & Celle-les-Condé. Wild fermentation and maturation in Burgundian barrique for ten months. The nose is broad, wild honey on brioche, roasted stone fruits.

The palate is the chew of ’02 but with a smoky, vibrant chalk line that extends the palate's enjoyment. Impressive, perfect for medium-term drinking or investment. Bottled in July 2003, disgorged in September 2020. 0 dosage.

Drink 2023 - 2032

Davy Żyw, Senior Buyer, Berry Bros. & Rudd (September 2023)

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Critics reviews

Antonio Galloni, Vinous95/100

The 2002 Brut Nature L’Étincelante is one of the most restrained 2002 Champagnes readers will come across. And it is absolutely exquisite. Delicate scents of apricot, chamomile, pear, baked apple tart, brioche and yellow flowers all lift from the glass. Medium in body and super-refined, the 2002 has so much to recommend it. This is a tremendous showing from Benoit Tarlant.

I was deeply impressed with Benoit Tarlant’s current releases. These artisan, vinous, site-driven Champagnes represent the grower spirit's finest yet remain relatively unknown. Quality here is very high.

Drink 2018 - 2028

Antonio Galloni, Vinous.com (July 2018)

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James Suckling94/100

Complex nose of hazelnuts, salted caramel, sourdough brioche, salted lemons and dried fruit. Medium-bodied with tangy acidity with very fine bubbles. Delicious, salty character. Long and persistently sharp. 57% chardonnay, 29% pinot noir and 14% pinot meunier. Dosage 0g/L dosage. Disgorged in September 2020. 

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James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com (August 2022)

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Jeb Dunnuck95/100

The 2002 Champagne l’Etincelante Brut Nature is 57% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay, and the rest Meunier, and was aged for 15 years on the lees before disgorgement in September 2018. It comes from two terroirs of Campanian chalk and Lutetian limestone. 

A medium yellow hue, its nose is floral with pure red fruits of marasca cherry, rose petal, croissant dough, and chalk. The mousse is refined and adds richness where it is otherwise driven with mineral persistence. 

It is quite remarkable in that the texture is so well-rounded when it could feel mean. It is still youthful at this stage and will continue improving over the coming 20 years.

Drink 2022 - 2042

JebDunnuck, JebDunnuck.com (November 2022)

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About this WINE

Champagne Tarlant

Champagne Tarlant

Located in the Marne Valley of Champagne, the Tarlagne family’s involvement in winemaking dates back to the early 18th century, making them one of the oldest families in the Champagne region. The estate was officially founded in 1687 and has been passed down through generations, with each generation contributing to the family’s winemaking legacy.

The winery is situated in the village of Œuilly in the Vallée de la Marne, part of the broader Champagne appellation. The Marne Valley is known for its diverse terroirs and is particularly suitable for cultivating Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes.

Champagne Tarlant is known for its commitment to traditional winemaking methods and sustainability. They emphasise minimal intervention in the vineyard and the cellar, using organic and biodynamic practices to cultivate their grapes. The estate focuses on expressing the unique terroirs of their vineyards in their Champagnes.

The family owns and manages vineyards across various terroirs within the Champagne appellation. They primarily grow the traditional Champagne grape varieties, including Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. Production includes a wide range of cuvées, including non-vintage (NV) Champagnes, vintage Champagnes, and special cuvées.

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Brut Champagne

Brut Champagne

Brut denotes a dry style of Champagne (less than 15 grams per litre). Most Champagne is non-vintage, produced from a blend from different years. The non-vintage blend is always based predominately on wines made from the current harvest, enriched with aged wines (their proportion and age varies by brand) from earlier harvests, which impart an additional level of complexity to the end wine. Champagnes from a single vintage are labelled with the year reference and with the description Millésimé.

Non-vintage Champagnes can improve with short-term ageing (typically two to three years), while vintages can develop over much longer periods (five to 30 years). The most exquisite and often top-priced expression of a house’s style is referred to as Prestige Cuvée. Famous examples include Louis Roederer's Cristal, Moët & Chandon's Dom Pérignon, and Pol Roger's Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill.

Recommended Producers : Krug, Billecart Salmon, Pol Roger, Bollinger, Salon, Gosset, Pierre Péters, Ruinart

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Champagne blend

Champagne blend

Which grapes are included in the blend, and their proportion, is one of the key factors determining the style of most Champagnes. Three grapes are used - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.

26% of vineyards in Champagne are planted with Chardonnay and it performs best on the Côtes des Blancs and on the chalk slopes south of Epernay. It is relatively simple to grow, although it buds early and thus is susceptible to spring frosts. It produces lighter, fresher wines than those from Burgundy and gives finesse, fruit and elegance to the final blend. It is the sole grape in Blancs de Blancs, which are some of the richest long-lived Champagnes produced.

Pinot Noir accounts for nearly 40% of the plantings in Champagne and lies at the heart of most blends - it gives Champagne its body, structure, strength and grip. It is planted across Champagne and particularly so in the southern Aube district.

The final component is Pinot Meunier and this constitutes nearly 35% of the plantings. Its durability and resistance to spring frosts make the Marne Valley, a notorious frost pocket, its natural home. It ripens well in poor years and produces a soft, fruity style of wine that is ideal for blending with the more assertive flavours of Pinot Noir. Producers allege that Pinot Meunier lacks ageing potential, but this does not deter Krug from including around 15% of it in their final blends.

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