2002 Tarlant La Vigne d'Antan

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Average critic rating : 92.33 points



The 2002 Brut Nature Vigne d'Antan is powerful and exotic, with notable aromatic and flavor intensity to match its deep, resonant personality. Mint, spice, hard candy and white flowers shape the finish in the Vigne d'Antan. This is a rare, 100% Chardonnay planted on beach sand. Even so, the Vigne d'Antan offers notable richness and resonance. In my view, though, the first release with 2 grams of sugar, was the best. Disgorged: November 2015 with no dosage. Aug 2016, www.vinous.com, Drink: 2016-2024



No tasting note. Apr 2016, www.champagneclub.com



From ungrafted Chardonnay vines on sandy soils, the 2002 La Vigne d'Antan Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs offers a rich and clear Chardonnay bouquet with ripe melon fruit and some lemon aromas but also, great purity that comes through even more prominent on the palate. Round and pure, with great finesse and minerality, this is a tension-filled Champagne with great expression and persistent length.

Benoît Tarlant and his family succeed in producing innovative, full-bodied, intense and well-structured Brut (Nature) Champagnes from their 14-hectare holdings in the Marne valley. The non-vintaged Brut Argilité is probably the first Champagne that is fermented and raised in an amphora. From the 55 parcels (planted with Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier and Arbanne), the family bottles a few single vineyard Champagnes - of which the mineral and complex Vigne d'Antan is a vintaged Chardonnay from ungrafted vines, whereas La Vigne d'Or is a vintaged Pinot Meunier from a plot whose Meuniers had been planted in 1947. Feb 2016, www.robertparker.com, Drink: 2016-2030


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