Fallet-Dart "Grand Reserve" Brut Champagne

SKU #1254193 Wine Spectator

 A lush style, offering immediate vanilla and honey flavors. Picks up a citrus note on the finish, as the structure makes itself evident. Very open and accessible. (BS)  (12/2006)

K&L Notes

Although not labled as such, this is a Blanc de Noir composed of 60% Meunier and 40% Pinot Noir. It is aged for over four years on the lees and dosed at about 10 grams per liter. It has a lovely combination of spiced pear, pie crust and black cherry on the very generous, open nose. The wine is broad, rich and textural in the mouth, and has a persistent black fruit finish. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

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By: Rachel Vogel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2017 | Send Email
Most often Pinot Meunier is the backup dancer to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Champagne, but Fallet-Dart has taken the chance to bring it center stage in their Grand Reserve! I fell for PM-heavy Champagnes last year when I had one from Michel Loriot, and they continue to stun me with their suppleness, bold aromatics and concentration while still being fresh, long lived, and elegant. The Grand Reserve checks off all those desired characters and is extremely food-friendly. My fiance and I enjoyed this with a rotisserie chicken, fresh bread and cheese—absolutely delicious! It is weighted enough to stand up to the rich meal while the unanticipated acidity refreshes the palate. With that said, I think the wine is extremely versatile and could be paired with lighter dishes such as sautéed white fish with a white bean and tomato salad or even a grilled chicken salad. Either way, I will be drinking it again soon!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
This delicious Champagne is aged four years on the lees, and crafted from only Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The result is a rich, toasty Champagne rich in brioche, red apple and Marcona almond flavors, but with a surprisingly perfumed finish, with slight tropical flavors of white peach and honeysuckle.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
The Fallet-Dart house has a mind blowing history with 17 generations behind the line to perfect their Champagne and perfect it they have. With majority Pinot Meunier and four years of aging sur lees this bottle shows a richer, toastier style while still showcasing brightness and freshness hard to achieve with this blend. I love that Fallet-Dart is not afraid to experiment with a Pinot Meunier heavy blend, though it is not by chance it turned out phenomenally with the clear dedication and hard work in the craft they put in year after year.
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
One of our newest DI from Champagne and again I feel that it is a little ridiculous to drink Champagne at this level for this price. The Fallet-Dart wines all share a beautiful toasty note to them that comes from long aging on the lees. Although there are other, more manipulative ways, to create this toasty note, the fact that Fallet-Dart can achieve it and have it age is only because they allow their wine to rest until it is ready. As toasty and rich as the nose is, there is no buttery note here; instead bright, clean acid and notes of lemon and spice zip along the palate and help give it a long finish.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
The Fallet-Dart Champagnes all represent fantastic values, and there are a number to choose from depending on your preference and budget. Each on shows a lovely toasty note from their preference for long lees contact. The Grand reserve is rich but has a lovely crunchy crispness of fresh citrus over red apple fruit. It finishes up with a very refreshing clean snap.
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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/27/2016 | Send Email
70% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir. I had this recently to celebrate a good friend’s birthday and we were all stunned by its goodness! It had wonderful fresh pear and apple fruit notes, a broad presence on the palate, and a crisp finish that left a nice yeastiness lingering for over a minute! If you’re on the grower-producer train, this is an essential!

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