This Grower Champagne is almost equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Three quarters of the cuvee is from 2015 while the balance comes from a multi year solera. After going through primary fermentation Nathalie rests her wine for eight additional months before beginning the Champagne process. As a Chablis drinker, Nathalie aims for a short time in contact with lees, removing the Champagne after 27 months for freshness and to as she says “better reflect terroir.” She makes her own liquor de tirage, which is quite the rarity in Champagne with a final dosage of 5 g/l. The nose shows apple flesh, citrus, sandalwood, delicate plums, and a whisper of cream. The palate is delicate and pretty with good acidity and a flavor set that speaks to the Aube today with just there cream, citrus, a light nut aspect, and a hint of sugar plum. Try this with a sole with mustard sauce . D&M Tasting Notes
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 Brut Champagne
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