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Fallet-Dart "Clos du Mont" Brut Champagne

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This single walled vineyard is the top of the line from Fallet-Dart. It is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir and aged for over 10 years on the lees. It is always a blend of two vintage years; in this case it is 1999 and 2002. This is top class, honeyed, rich (yet very dry at 5g/L of dosage) Champagne from one of the very few walled vineyards to be bottled separately in the region. Wow! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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Staff Image By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2017 | Send Email
This wine was emailed out and a customer came in to ask questions before I was able to try it. As we were deciding between two bottles of wine, I read the description Gary had given us of the Clos Du Mont and started to fall in love then and there! (The customer ended up purchasing this wine) When I was finally able to taste it a few weeks later, my love was confirmed! The high amount of chardonnay has kept this aged vintage blend younger & more vibrant than expected. The barrel fermentation gives the wine it's spice, texture and complexity. Almond paste, fresh apples and apple skins and meyer lemon are a few characters that just scratch the surface of this unique and long coveted wine!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/9/2017 | Send Email
The Fallet Dart "Clos du Mont" comes from a very special clos that was partially destroyed in WWI, leaving only one wall. The longstanding history of this clos, which was planted in 740, is reflected in the uniquely complex character of the Champagne, a blend of the 2002 and 1999 vintages, both spectacular vintages in Champagne. The base wines are barrel fermented, imparting a rich flavor and hints of spice. With a beautiful golden hue, aromas of wildflower, red apple and wafts of almond entice. The palate is elegant, with bright acidity and a broad, expansive mouthfeel.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2017 | Send Email
This is one of those Champagnes that helps you to truly understand the history and lasting love affair the world has had with wine from here. From a vineyard that was first planted in 740, this is truly a impressive bottle just for that fact alone. However, that is not what makes this wine compelling, it is in fact what is in the bottle. This blend comprising mostly '99 and the glorious 2002 vintage presents a dustier nose with notes of vanilla that come from barrel fermentation. There is tons of complexity here, layers of dried fruit and balancing acid that lead to a long, lingering finish. This is a bottle that can go toe to toe with some of the best Clos vineyard Champagnes out there but for a fraction of the price.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
While I did not think it could get much better than the 2008 Fallet Dart, Gary then proceeded to take us to the Clos. It's phenomenal wine, so bright and persistent, with lovely tangerine like Chardonnay fruit, a slightly nutty quality underlying all that brisk, acid framed fruit. Long lees seems to give great wines like this both a bass layer of deeply burnished nuance as well as the middles and highs of intense fruit and acidity. One thing I've learned in over 20 years in the wine business, is that if the monks bothered to build a stone wall around it, it's probably a pretty good vineyard --Gary Westby

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
This bottling presents an amazing steeliness and edge for being composed of wine from the 1999 and 2002 vintages and having been aging in the bottle for as long as it has. Combine this with a barrel fermentation, when Fallet-Dart uses stainless steel on the rest of their sparklings, and you've got a wine that absolutely defied my expectations in a really good way. The Chardonnay in this bottling comes from their Clos du Mont vineyard, which is prized as some of the best fruit in the village and it truly shows through here. An amazingly balanced bottle of Champagne, that not only tastes incredible, but is crafted with years of diligence and care over value for high production.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
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80% Chard and 20% Pinot Noir blended to a spectacular luxury cuvee that stopped me in my tracks when I tasted it. The golden honeyed nose is powerful and the profound texture of this Champagne is bold and elegant at the same time, dense and nutty with a long and persistent finish. It easily stands its own with those well known luxury Champagnes costing many multiples of this. How can you go wrong!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2017 | Send Email
This is a wine for true Champagne lovers. The fruit comes from a site distinguished for its quality by clergy members back in the 8th Century (much like the vastly more expensive Clos du Mesnil). Aged on the lees for over 12 years, the juice comes from two great, and by now beautifully-aged, vintages: 1999 and 2002, both barrel fermented. This is very vibrant yet precise, with stone fruit, lemon and tropical notes, a creamy butteriness and rich honey notes. The finish is incredibly long, with tantalizing minerality. Unbelievable quality at what amounts to a bargain price.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/3/2016 | Send Email
On Monday, September 12, I had the rare opportunity to taste the wines of the “the Clos.” This is an interesting blend of the 1999 and 2002 vintages with 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The wine had a very big nose of caramel, maple leaf and sweet oak. Rich and balanced, with stone fruits and yellow apples. It retained a nice, clean finish with some toastiniess. Kudos to Fallet-Dart to following up well after the Krug Mesnil. A very hard act to follow!

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2016 | Send Email
This comes from a small plot adjacent to the church in Drachy, and has been planted for over 1000 years. The monks of the middle-ages had knowledge of great vineyard sites that we can barely aspire to today, and they never bothered to construct a handmade wall around anything that was short of world class. This clos is now a little worse for wear- it was bombed heavily in World War I and much of the original wall was destroyed. This wine is aged for over 12 years on the lees and is a blend of the great 2002 and 1999 vintages. It is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. It is the lowest dosage of the line at 5 grams per liter, but because of the long ageing is no less rich than the rest… I would say that it is the richest of the bunch! This is one of the greatest Champagnes that we carry, and while we will never get enough to keep it in stock all the time, it is the kind of wine that will stand on the table next to anything. This is creamy, nougat loaded Champagne that manages to be honeyed and fantastically complex without getting heavy or ponderous. If you are a fan of a fine bead, the extraordinary long sur-lee-ageing given to this wine will impress you with a near perfect texture.

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