Joël Falmet Champagne
Côtes de Bar (Aube), Champagne, France
Joël Falmet’s vineyards are located in the Aube (Bar-Sur-Aube) within the Côtes des Bar region of Champagne. The domaine consists of a small family vineyard of only 6.5 hectares (approx. 15.5 acres) with a total annual production around 2000 cases. The domaine has been passed down through the family for several generations. Joël took over the family domaine in the early 1990s. Joël, along with the help of his brother Yves (now a producer in Saint-Chinian), was the first in the family to produce an estate bottled wine. Today they produce about 1200 cases of “Brut Tradition” and an additional 400 cases of a “Grand Reserve” from some of their older vines. The style is clean, straightforward, and full bodied, which is typical of a Champagne from the Aube that is made primarily from Pinot Noir. Joël also makes a small amount of rosé, about 160 cases per year. Joël’s rosé is made by adding aproximately 10% still red wine (100% Pinot Noir) to the blend. Dosage for the rosé is 12 grams per liter. Joel uses an old-fashioned square basket press which many Champagne houses realize is perfect for gentle extractions. He also hand-riddles all his bottles.
Joel Falmet Champagne Brut Tradition NV
From a 6.5 hectare vineyard planted to Kimmeridgian chalk, the same soil found in Chablis.
- base vintage (Solera System for Vin de Reserve)
- blend - 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay
- time on lees - Minimum 2 yrs
- dosage 12 g/l
- All vineyards are sustainably farmed, with no use of herbicides or pesticides
Pale onion skin color. Ginger ale, green apple and Meyer lemon on the fragrant nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, showing zesty mineral cut and lift on the back half. Puts on weight with air and finishes supple and seamless, with very good clarity and a repeating ginger quality. 90 Points "- Josh Raynolds, Vinous.com