The cask-fermented prestige bottling of Tarlant is 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot noir. It’s a lovely, full bodied champagne with plenty of personality and a searing acidity. Gorgeous with food or on its own. The small family producer Tarlant is not listed as organic, but they approach natural winemaking one step at a time. Last time I met them was at the RAW natural wine fair in London, where the entry criteria was strict.
Top organic/biodynamic and natural champagnes
Chilly, humid Champagne should be a challenge for organic growers. Before Anselme Selosse of Champagne Jacques Selosse or Champagne Fleury proved them wrong, it was even said that it couldn’t be done. The climate was too risky, and a grower could lose an entire crop to mildew. However, the region is now an excellent example of organic/biodynamic and ”natural” winemakers producing more interesting wines than the standard. Here is a list of champagnes with personality, class and good price/performance (though not all by any means cheap!). They are not the only ones, however, and I encourage you to ask your retailer for other suggestions in the category!
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