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  • 95 JSJames Suckling
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Tarlant La Vigne d'Antan Brut Nature 2004 (750ML)

Jeb Dunnuck's #83 Wine of 2022
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Wine Advocate

95 Points, Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Blanc de Blancs La Vigne d'Antan is 100% barrel-fermented Chardonnay from 50+-year-old, un-grafted vines in the "Les Sables" vineyard in Oeuilly (10,000 vines per hectare) that was pickled on October 2. This millésime was scheduled to be disgorged in autumn this year—after 12.5 years on the lees. My sample is an exclusive Brut Nature pre-disgorgment from July 2017 that I tasted in November 2017. This impressively fresh and complex single vineyard vintage fizz has a straw-yellow color and opens with a deep, pure, intense and mineral bouquet with flavors of chalk, iodine, smoke and oak, giving the perfectly ripe, rather tropical fruit an extra dimension. It is intense yet straight, pure, fresh and bone dry on the palate, with great finesse and a very good structure and mineral complexity. Provided with zero added sugar, the 2004 has enough roundness for another decade in the bottle. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. This old vines Chardonnay should be perfect with many kinds of food, even lobster. However, its best position is after dinner since it cleans your palate and brings you back to life. A great and vitalizing Champagne!" 11/17

Antonio Galloni

95+ Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media: "The 2004 Brut Nature La Vigne d'Antan emerges from a parcel of own-rooted Chardonnay planted on sand. A wine that has benefitted from time in bottle, the 2004 is positively stunning today. Lime, grape fruit white flowers crushed rocks and white pepper are delineated with striking precision. The 2004 has always been terrific, but today it sizzles with a level of energy I don’t recall seeing in the past. La Vigne d'Antan remains one of the most unique and compelling wines in Champagne." 03/18

James Suckling

95 Points, James Suckling, "Aromas of dusty chalk, candied apple and lemon with hints of fresh ginger. Full-bodied with layers of fruit. Pie crust and nuts on the finish. Fascinating. From old, ungrafted chardonnay. Drink or hold." 08/22