Champagne Nathalie Falmet Brut “Le Val Cornet” 2015, Rouvres-les-Vignes, Cote des Bar, France

Grower/Enologist Nathalie Falmet makes tiny quantities of finest sparkling wines from her property at Rouvres-les-Vignes, in the Aube region of Champagne. After studying chemistry at Paris XI and earning diplomas in both viticulture and oenology, Nathalie inherited and began farming 50% of the vines planted by her parents, vines where she walked and worked alongside her father as early as 8 years old. Her 3.2 hectares of vines are comprised of 2.4 hectares of Chardonnay, 0.6 hectares of Pinot Meunier and 0.5 hectares of Pinot Noir. The vineyards stretch from her village of Rouvres-les-Vignes to the neighboring village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises, the birthplace of famed French General Charles de Gaulle and the end of the line for vineyard plantings in the Aube. Nathalie manages every aspect of the craft from vine cultivation to sales and marketing. This wine is comprised of the two Champagne red varieties, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grown in a single preferred section of Ms. Falmets vineyard – a true vineyard designate, grower produced wine. The deepest and most mellow of this house’s great Champagnes, this wine finishes with hint of toast and vanilla. Vintage 2015