This Champagne was a revelation this weekend. A blend of 50% Pinot Noir & 50% Pinot Meunier with a dosage 5 g/l. This is a Rose de Saignee Champagne that is reminiscent of a great red Burgundy with bubbles. We actually poured this next to 2008 Pol Roger Rose, and it blew it off the table. Aromas of red berries, cranberry, pomegranate with blood orange nuances, liquid minerals, and a touch of brioche. The balance here is perfect with the red fruit, and minerality dominating the palate. As time went on the purity of the fruit became even more pronounced with a long lingering finish that seemed to last for minutes.
Nathalie Falmet was born in the Aube, a rising area of the Champagne world. She studied in Paris and has a degree in chemistry and became an oenologist. She opened her own wine consulting Laboratory which she still operates where Drappier is one of her clients. She then became a vigneron after inheriting her family's vines. The 'Tentation' NV is all from a single year (2012) but can't be labeled as such because it doesn't spend the mandatory time required on the lees to be millesime . This is a 50-50 blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier sourced from family vines planted not far from the resting place of Charles de Gaulle. All of Nathalie's wines are farmed 'Lutte Raisonee' and organically as possible. Falmet's style is riper yet fresh with great intensity, length, and focus. She is also one of the few that grow their own vines, vinifies, and analyzes the juice. The Tentation Rose de Saignee is fresh, dry, and nutty, with cool red fruits and spice; a very incredibly focused Rose.