Nathalie Falmet Champagne - Brut Le Val Cornet
Nathalie controls every aspect of her wine and was the first woman to have the title Vigneron and Oenologist. To this day, she is one of the few women in Champagne to perform both jobs simultaneously. And she does it with innervation and with dizzying results.
Its vineyards are in the heart of the lively Côte des Bar region, where different soils (Kimmeridian marl covered with Portland limestone) and climate (higher temperatures due to humid Atlantic / continental influences) ripen the Pinot making its wines fuller in character turn into.
Pinot Noir and wood-aged Pinot Meunier from 1 single vineyard and of 1 vintage year gives a particularly powerful, full and creamy “meal” of Champagne.
This Champagne is very exclusive and numbered, only 2 in stock.
Vinous (Antonio Galloni): Falmet's Le Val Cornet is stellar. Honey, mint, spice, apricot and pear notes are all laced together in an ample, super-expressive Champagne built on texture. Powerful and resonant to the core, the 2009 impresses for its breadth, persistence and exceptional polish. This is the finest wine I have tasted from Nathalie Falmet. The Val Cornet is a blend of equal parts Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from vineyards from the Rouvres-les Vignes lieu-dit. " 94/100
The Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): Half-each Meunier and Pinot; all-2010; and matured in older casks, Falmet’s single-vineyard NV Brut Le Val Cornet Disg. 5/2012 is nothing short of revelatory in its polish, transparency and complexity! (Bear in mind that, like me, you will almost certainly never have tasted a wine from within 20 or 25 miles of this one, as we're talking about an almost entirely overlooked sector of a Champagne region, the Bar, that has only since the turn of the millennium begun to attract attention for estate-bottling.) A greenhouse-like profusion of leafing and flowering things on the nose is joined by scents of apple and red raspberry subtly shadowed by their high-toned distilled counterparts. Almost weightlessly buoyant, seductively silken and infectiusly juicy in its apple and raspberry manifestations, this amazing libation simultaneously suggests hazelnut cream, almond paste and walnut oil, resulting in an uncanny counterpoint with its lively fruit acids. Crunch of berry seeds and legume sprouts lend invigoration to a chalk suffused finish in which salinity and savor of oyster liquor spell “Umami” and “Kimmeridgian” in caps, and it takes real effort to disengage the salivary glands, much less resist the next sip . I'm only guessing when I suggest that this will be worth following for at least several more years. But don't miss out on some now! (As soon as I had finished my sample, I went on-line and bought some of this amazing value in Champagne, in part just to re-taste and make sure it was really this good.) " 94/100