93 points Tyson Stelzer (The Champagne Guide): "(2013 base vintage; disgorged mid-2018; 50% chardonnay, 36% pinot noir, 14% meunier; Vallée de la Marne; 13–14% red wine; 2012 reserves; no malolactic fermentation; aged 4.5 years on lees; zero dosage). Tarlant blends one-third white wine of pinot noir with pinot red wine, and adds young-vine pinot and one or two barrels of red meunier for ‘redness’ character without tannin. ‘The duality of pinot noir red wine and white wine define this cuvée, and if this doesn’t work in a vintage then I don’t make it,’ he says. One of Champagne’s very first zero-dosage rosés remains one of the best. A very pretty medium salmon crimson is paler than usual, in spite of a full addition of 13–14% red wine. Delightful strawberry and red cherry fruit integrity is underlined by the roast nuts and toasty complexity of long age. An alluringly creamy and silky texture is thanks first to natural maturity in the grapes, second to a carefully handled oxidative approach in barrels, and finally to a long life on lees. An outstanding Rosé Zero of line, length and integrity. (2020-2021)"
92+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "TThe 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. 2018-2035. (Sep/Oct 2018)"
|SubRegion||Vallée de la Marne|
|Varietal||Champagne / Sparkling Blend|