Grower. Disgorged November 2015. This is from a single parcel owned by Nathalie called the Val Cornet with around 50 year old vines. This cuvee comes from the 2011 vintage and is made up of a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and finished with a dosage of 4.5 grams per liter. The nose shows a light spice with some stone fruits, cream, butterscotch, and a hint of citrus zests. The palate has some presence to it with a more traditional yeast/brioche flavor set with apricot and slight minerality to balance out the forward cream note.
This comes from the Rebel South . In the last six weeks the wine itself has been quite well travelled from a late pickup in Marsailles, then on to New York, Los Angeles, and finally to us here in San Francisco. Nathalie Falmet is one of the most contemporary producers we have brought to you over the last few years. By that we mean that hers is not a story grounded in the French Revolution and its proceeding 10 generations but rather the here and now. Nathalie does come from a grape growing family, and recalls walking the vineyards at age eight with her father. Her intelligence and passion for academics would lead her to Paris and university before she got back in touch with the soil of her youth.
She trained in Paris first as a chemist at Paris Xi before getting a degree in Enology in 1993. She then returned to Bar-sur-Aube to set up a lab business for the regional Champagne producers. In the early 2000s her father gave her the family plots and she launched her Champagne in 2009. Befitting a woman of science and business she is involved in every aspect of the enterprise, from vineyard cultivation to cellar work to the design of the label. Her vineyards are on a belt of Kimmeridgian soils (the same as Chablis) at the western edge of the Bar, and were planted by her parents in the 1970s. As is often the case for small growers she owns plots in different villages; from her village of Rouvres-les-Vignes to the neighboring village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, coincidentally the birthplace of Charles de Gaulle and the end for vineyard plantings in the Aube. Overall she owns 8 acres of vineyards; 6 acres of Chardonnay, and about an acre apiece of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, all farmed Lutte Raisonée i.e. Supervised Control. All told she makes a scant 2700 cases a year. Michael Kennel, D&M
Nathalie Falmet 2011 Le Val Cornet Brut Champagne
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