An Amphorae Champagne – The Champagne Tarlant Argilité 2012

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Champagne Tarlant Argilité 2012

The Champagne Tarlant winery has been family owned since 1687. It is a small artisanal winery making very top auality tiny cuvee’s of excellent champagne. Unlike all the large champagne houses who buy their grapes, they grow and own 15 hectares of vineyards, and only use their grapes in their exceptional cuvees. Although not certified, they use biodynamic practices in the vineyard and winery whenever possible, using only indigenous yeast and differentiating every step of their Champagne making process.

In 2012, siblings Benoit and Melanie Tarlant began experimenting and finally creating an absolutely breathtaking Champagne – the Argilité 2012. Only 170 bottles of this was produced, vinified in Amphora, where the blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Meunier is slow pressed by gravity, and left alone for spontaneous fermentation for 7 months on the lees in red clay amphorae from Terres d’autan. The juice is then aged for 50 months on lees in the bottle and finally disgorged on June 5th, 2017.

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TERROIR

Village: Celles-lès-Condé, Vallée de la Marne

Slope: 20%, with a South exposition, over the Surmelin River

Altitude: 120 meters

Vine Age: Massale-selection planted in 1987

Farming: Soil plowing under the row and natural grass cover in the inter-rows. Herbotherapy treatments, Chablis and Vallée de Marne prunning with Poussard method. Use of self green manure and organic fertilisers

WINE

Varieties: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Meunier

Harvest: 27th September 2012

Amphora Vinification: Slow press by gravity, spontaneous fermentation and 7 months on the lees in red clay-amphorae from terres d’autan, no malolactic

Bottling: 27th April 2013

Disgorging: 50 months ageing on lees in bottle, disgorged on June 5th, 2017

Dosage: Without dosage, but with residual sugar

Production: 170 bottles

Retail Price: $414 (Only 12 bottles available)

More Information here: Champagne Tarlant Argilite 2012 Technical Sheet

 

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