2008 Fallet-Dart Vintage Extra Brut Champagne

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This is the same Champagne as the 2008 Brut, but at a lower dosage - 4g/l instead of 7g/l. The blend for the vintage 2008 is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir with aging of 72 months at the minimum. It is certainly one of the most exciting bottles of vintage Champagne in the store, from a vintage that many in the region consider the best in a generation.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
This, the final disgorgement of the Fallet Dart 2008 Vintage Brut had its dosage adjusted down, and the result is a brighter flavor profile of apricots, honey, lemon and toast, with a distinct crisp mineral finish. The richness of the vintage is present, and the finish is long and clean with pure fruit notes for ages.

By: William Beare | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2018 | Send Email
I'm having a hard time imagining paying top dollar for big-house vintage champagne at the moment. Maybe it's just that I'm basking in the glow of the awesomeness that is the Fallet Dart Extra Brut '08. Light wafting notes of brioche hide in a clean, creamy, incredibly well-textured body with warm nutty notes on the finish. This is a subdued, complex wine that deserves frequent re-visiting over the coming years.

By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
This champagne is part of a duo. 2008 Fallet Dart started as one champagne, but when the winemaker tasted the different dosages, he liked the 4gr/l and the 7gr/l, so much, he decided to sell us both. So this is the EXTRA Brut, fresh on the nose with subtle melon and citrus zests on the palate. An educational experience for sure, but an exciting experience for the drinker. A must buy duo!

By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/11/2018 | Send Email
Fallet-Dart is found in the far-west reaches of the Marne Valley and has family wine-making records dating back to the 1600’s! The Extra-Brut is outstanding with nice rich concentration, golden apple tastiness, white peach and peach fuzz. Made from 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir this champagne is sure to please at a ridiculously attractive price-point.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
It is pretty incredible how 3 g/L of residual sugar dosage can make such a huge difference in the taste of the wine. While the 2008 Fallet-Dart with 7 g/L dosage shows a little richer and more generous, this bottling in lean, fresh, bright, and crisp. Some Extra Brut's are so lean they are too rough on their own, but I don't think that's the case with this bottling. While it does exhibit powerful acid, there is enough fat here to keep it in sippable territory. With food or not, this was a fantastic bottling in a highly lauded vintage from one of my favorite producers.

By: Rachel Alcarraz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/10/2018 | Send Email
The Extra Brut started as the same base wine as the 2008 Brut from Fallet Dart. When deciding the dosage, the wine maker liked both levels and decided to split the wine into two bottlings. The beautiful fresh, zippy, and bright characteristics we have all seen and loved in the Brut make their way into the Extra Brut wit the addition of elegant complexity. A sense of salinity and citrus carry out the personality of the dry, cool vintage (a great thing in Champagne) while the elegance shows the impressive House style.

By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
As a big fan of the 2008 Brut from Fallet Dart, I was very excited to try the Extra Brut, with a lower dosage. Very focused, with a tight acid line, this wine accentuates the more delicate qualities of the Chardonnay in the blend. This is a wine for those who appreciate subtlety and freshness, as the palate is dominated by persistent, stony minerality.

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