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Tarlant L'Aérienne Brut Nature 2004

70% Chardonnay/30% Pinot Noir. Each year the Tarlants make a single multi-parcel wine intended to encapsulate that particular vintage: the name L'Aerienne evokes the airy, ethereal nature of the 2004 harvest, "a year won by Chardonnay" according to Benoìt Tarlant. From 4 parcels across the villages of Oeuilly and Celles-lès-Condé on a mix of hard limestone, flint and Sparnacien clay-limestone soils with vines averaging 40 years old. The vines are organically farmed and harvested by hand and the clusters very slowly and gently pressed. The juice ferments spontaneously with native yeasts in Burgundy barrels; the wine does not go through malolactic fermentation and ages for a year in barrel. L'Aerienne was bottled in 2005, disgorged in 2018 and received zero dosage.