Natalie Falmet Brut NV, Champagne

2013 base? Or 2014? Disgorged June 2018.

50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% reserves from this small producer in the Côte des Bar. Some evolution here with some nice creamy walnut, a touch wild appleyness and red pear, alongside some juicy cherry and apricot kernel sweetness. Some oxidative development. A bit simple, but enjoyable and the mousse is nicely refined. I think this is better than it is showing, and perhaps a bit long in the tooth – maybe aim to drink nearer disgorgement? 15.5

Natalie Falmet Brut Nature NV, 2013 Base

100% Pinot Noir from the Côte Des Bar. 2013 vintage. No oak in this Cuvée. Disgorged over two and half years ago, this has held up very well. Some rich creamed ceps on the nose, with nicely-developed roasted pears and dried apple. The red berry freshness is still there though, and this has completely avoided any kind of harshness, nuttiness or unattractive drying-out over time. It’s like a tart apricot on the palate, tangy but moreish, closing out with a creamy little snap.

Interestingly only two picked this as being Pinot. Nobody went all-in and picked it as a Brut Nature. These wines are a bit like vegan cakes, though – you enjoy it more if it’s not too obvious!

16.5

Date Tasted : 13/12/2019