Monday, June 7, 2010

NV, Tarlant "Cuvée Louis", Champagne

Blend: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Vintages: 1998, 1997, 1996
Vineyard: "Les Crayons" in Oeuilly (Marne valley). Chalk. 60-yrs old vines.
Dosage : 3 g/l
Other : No malolactic fermantation
Glass: Spiegelau Adina “Red wine”

After the Krug Party – I needed a small Champagne-rest. It lasted a whole week, before I was sipping the best drink on the planet again.

The influence from the krug tasting, was still present, when I open Cuvée Louis and I couldn’t help reflecting on the general diversity of Champagne.

This Champagne is like coming home for me. For sure this is not Krug, with a dense nose - almost brutal concentration and Champagne set for a mental experience. However this Champagne can do things that Krug cannot.

Cuvée Louis has an exceptional fresh approach, which immidiatly made me fell comfortable. The nose holds, Citrus fruits, vanilla, flowers, smoke and a main driver of soil spiciness. It presents a vivid elegancy and it’s taken it a notch up in purity on the back on a style with absolutely no fuss. Taste is intense, young and possessing both the smoke and fresh citrus tickle on the finish line.

Champagne like this can only make you smile.

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