Grapes: 50% Chardonnay - 50% Pinot Noir
Created by the Tarlants' parents back in 1982, the prestige cuvée Louis is named for Benoît’s and Melanie’s great-great-great grandfather. Louis was the first to bottle Tarlant estate wine (in 1928) and the one who planted this 0.9 hectare of selection massale Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (in 1946-48).
The lieu-dit is named Les Crayons in reference to its particularly chalky make-up. It is a flat site near the Marne in the Tarlant home village of Oeuilly and produces what the Tarlants refer to as a "river wine" of fuller body and richer character.
This bottling is a blend of 2002 and 2003. The fruit was hand-harvested and gently pressed; the juice was fermented with natural yeasts in Burgundy barrel; and the wine was aged in barrel with no malolactic fermentation until bottling in 2004.
Aged sur lattesuntil disgorgement in March 2018.
Vinous Galloni: 93/100
Wine Spectator: 92/100