1999 Fallet-Dart Vintage Brut Champagne

SKU #1308382 Wine Spectator

 Soft and round, with vanilla custard, grapefruit and ginger flavors. Has good length and balance overall, picking up more of a citrus edge on the finish. (BS)  (12/2006)

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By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/8/2019 | Send Email
Age does champagne really nicely and this 1999 vintage brings it! It's one I would consider to be a more serious champagne where you have to stop and think about what exactly is it about it that just makes it so fantastic. For me, there's a soft, ripe raspberries and strawberries on the nose while green apples and balanced acidity rounds out on the palate. It's an elegant style of champagne and truly remarkable for this price. Twenty years has given this champagne an opportunity to enhance the notes we all enjoy in our bubbles!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I just recently drank a bottle of this with some foie gras mousse, and I have to say it blew my mind! These bottles have been resting peacefully in the Fallet family cellars since the vintage, and are in absolutely pristine condition. On its own, this Champagne was all about truffle savor and toasty richness, but as soon as we served it with the decadent mousse, it electrified, showing its racy, bright, clean vibrancy even after nearly 20 years of ageing! If you like older vintage Champagne, this is quite the deal!
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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2018 | Send Email
This is a very unique bottling that is perfect both for the adventurous and also for those of you who love to pair bubbles with certain cuisine. It has a very intense truffle nose with roasted nuts. Very nutty on the palate with fino sherry flavors and mushroom earthiness. The surprise is the crisp and crunchy acidity on the finish. The bugger screams out for pate, Bleu cheese or a light steak done in brown butter and mushrooms. Unique and yummy!

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2017 | Send Email
While I tend to be very impatient with my champagnes, the 1999 is a perfect example of good things coming to those who wait. The '99 vintage is more similar to the more recent 2006 vintage- a little more ripeness and softness in the bottle- but the wine has not lost a sense of young acidity from start to finish. It is accompanied by developed fruit and a sense of apple skin on the palate. Complex spice and earth characters peak through creating more intrigue as the weight and texture of the wine brings a sense of elegance on the palate. Absolutely perfect!

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2017 | Send Email
Disgorged in July of 2016, this Vintage Brut from Fallet-Dart is exquisitely complex and nuanced, with aromas and flavors of spiced apple tart and walnut. A softer and earlier maturing vintage, this wine offers a richer palate, yet balanced with a lively acidity and an equally bold mineral component. I recommend this wine to lovers of Champagne who appreciate subtle elegance.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
Even though this Champagne is made from majority Chardonnay (70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier), it exhibits terrific weight and richness from the age in bottle and years on the lees. This bottle really shows how the team at Fallet-Dart has perfected the art of making ageable Champagnes in any vintage because they have managed to retain a balance even as the wine mellows out and softens. This vintage is showing the qualities of an older Champagne, exhibiting much more of the brioche and nutty quality than a younger one, yet still manages to come across as fresh and lively, even 18 years later. Definitely one for vintage Champagne lovers to try.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/7/2017 | Send Email
Although older Champagne does not have quite the following here in the states as regular cuvees do there is something rather magical to me about old Champagne. That being said it is difficult to find in my price range, which is another reason why I love our DI program. We get to bring in an 18 year old Champagne and sell it for a song. The '99 was a warmer vintage, but this wine has not fallen off in the slightest. Rich warm notes of honey and almond on the nose with hints of sherry lead to a rich nutty, almost dried fruit palate. There is still plenty of acid to keep this alive and help it to finish and linger.

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/6/2017 | Send Email
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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. This '99 shows great density and a very ripe now maturing fruit. A delicious honey comb note mingling with a classic bready note round out the palate. Here's a great chance to access a slightly older and completely delicious Champagne
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