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  • By Antonio Galloni
    Champagne: The Seasonís New Releases (Nov 2014), 11/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

    (NV Nathalie Falmet Brut Nature (2011)) Login and sign up and see review text.

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    The Seasonís Best NV Champagne Releases (Jan 2015), 1/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    December 2010, (See more on Vinous...)

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Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    12/12/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (NV NATURE Nathalie Falmet Brut) Champagne Dear Friends, Many of you have asked for Champagne, so here you go...with a twist of course. I enjoyed this two-step last night and both are worth a search to find. Nathalie Falmet is an emerging force. Perched in the Cote des Bar (arguably Champagne’s most artistic hotbed with a closer kinship to Les Clos in Chablis than Les Mesnil), this is the wild west of sparkling wine where renegade vintners applaud their own tradition, not that of Krug or an entity so far removed from them (by distance and philosophy) that they have little in common. In the Cote des Bar, anything goes – it’s 50-80 miles from what most recognize as “Champagne” (within proximity of Epernay or Reims) that it’s really a unique region onto itself. With completely different soil than the delicate chalk so prized around Les Mesnil, the Cote des Bar is composed of a mix of Kimmeridgian and limestone (just like in Chablis, which is only 30-40 miles away) with a nice dose of gravel tossed in - this very fact keeps it an outsider but it is the vintners that make it so exciting and Nathalie Falmet is one of the most promising. At her namesake winery, there are no historic buildings to speak of - only a shack-like erector set warehouse that serves as the cave. The youth movement in Champagne could care less about multi-million Euro, renovated Napoleonic buildings – what they do care about are vineyards and the most natural expression they can place inside the bottle. They also care about keeping prices as low as possible to reward the taster that ultimately enjoys their wine at the diner table. As the first woman in the Bar to hold a degree in grape growing and oenology, Nathalie Falmet knows the spotlight is upon her. She is not about to disappoint the centuries-old aesthetic of Champagne but she also knows the renegade artisans of the Cote des Bar have their eyes upon her as well. So, what does she do? Please both schools with crystal clear, light or non-dosage Champagne that is robust and true to the Bar but also cutting and deceptively feminine with a grace that should reward time in the cellar – especially as Pinot Noir makes up the principle component of her Brut and Brut Nature. Keep in mind when sipping Nathalie Falmet, they are not examples that would do well at a trade tasting or quick, one-sip affair. Both require enjoyment over an evening as their true persona unfolds with oxygen contact and is not immediately obvious. Both wines have a rather rough bead upon first pour but settle in nicely with a few hours of air contact or even overnight (yes, top young Champagne can last corked in the fridge for days, bead intact). Those used to a certain aspect of commercial NV Champagne (i.e. heavily blended with a generous dosage to quell the acidity) may want to look elsewhere. In sum, the vintners of the Bar are not looking in the rear-view mirror or trying to compete with anyone but themselves. If you are searching for the future of sparkling wine, make no mistake, this is where Champagne is headed with a style that pleases but also stimulates and inspires one to experiment with a variety of cuisine. This parcel is EXTREMELY LIMITED and will arrive with impeccable provenance directly from the source: NV Nathalie Falmet Brut Champagne (Vigneronne/Oenologue label, not the generic label) - This wine opens with the rugged bead of the Bar but quickly melds into an absolute cutting delight that gets better and better with air contact. A combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both make their presence known with a yin/yang masculine and feminine style that emphasizes a potpourri of bracing, citric red fruit swimming in a bath of sunshine, yeast and flower petals. Unlike the Brut Nature below, the Chardonnay in this wine wraps it with a gentler/more cashmere cushion to land on – especially as the wine gobbles air. The Vigneronne/Oenologue Brut continues to impress well into the night with layers of balance and mineral dusted froth that are just as good (or better) on the second night. Medium in weight, this well-priced offering can be opened any night of the week when an interesting bubbly is the order of the day but vinous meditation is not. Very light dosage. Only 50 cases exported to the US. NV Nathalie Falmet Brut “Nature” Champagne (non-dosage/Oenologue label) - (100% Pinot Noir with zero dosage, if Chablis were produced with Pinot Noir and allowed to sparkle, it would taste something like this - an eye-opener at a very fair tariff – JR) Please give us your maximum number up to 6/each wine and we will allocate accordingly. To order: niki@garagistewine.com Both wines are en-route and at least one of them will be available to pick up between Christmas and New Year’s – not sure which one as they are on different containers – we may get lucky and both will arrive in time but one will be available for sure (please check OARS for local pick up after Dec 25th to see which of the two has arrived). Both will ship during the Spring shipping season and should provide delicious drinking come this summer and over the following 6-8 years. Out of state orders will be held for free under ideal storage conditions (56 degrees/70%humidity) until shipping is possible. Locals may pick up at their leisure. For current local pick up and arrival/ship information, please see your OARS link below (at the bottom of this offer) - don’t know how to access your OARS? Simply click the link and see your account. You can also paste the link into your browser. If you are having trouble with your link or your account, please contact: support@garagistewine.com NO SALES TO RETAILERS OR WHOLESALERS Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Champ9701 Champ9702 Click here to view the status of your orders in O.A.R.S.

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