Tarlant 'Zero' Brut Nature Rosé Champagne NV
92 Points John Gillman
The new release of Benoît Tarlant’s Rosé Zero Brut Nature is from the base year of 2011 and was disgorged in March of 2017, after having spent five years on its fine lees. The cépages this year is fifty percent chardonnay, forty-four percent pinot noir and six percent pinot meunier. The wine is pale salmon in color and delivers a superb bouquet of strawberries, rhubarb, blood orange, chalky soil tones, a touch of fresh almond, rye bread and a hint of orange zest in the upper register. On the palate the wine is brisk, pure and full-bodied, with a lovely core of fruit, superb backend mineral drive, elegant mousse and outstanding focus and grip on the poised, complex and beautifully balanced long finish. Though there is no dosage here, the wine has spent enough time aging sur latte to come into perfect balance and it is now drinking beautifully. Very impressive.