Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV
The Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV has a very warm, rich nose with some honeyed, nutty character. Broad but still fresh with a berryish sort of quality.
The Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV palate is broad and focused with a herby, nutty richness and a buiscuitty quality, with raspberry flavours that exudes class. as well as great acidity.
The Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV dosage is very low so this is one of the driest Champagnes we have. It is long and refreshing and very well balanced.
This family owned Champagne house was founded in 1895. Following the ravages of phylloxera the land was planted to Pinot Noir grafted to American rootstocks.
In 1928, Fleury became the first Champagne grower to in the Cote de Bars to produce their own Champagne. Current owner, Jean-Pierre Fleury took over the estate in 1962.
A follower of alternative medicine and lover of nature, Jean-Pierre started on the path towards biodynamic farming, finally converting the entire 15 hectare holding to biodynamics in 1989, the first Champagne producer to do so.
The estate is the only Demeter certified producer in Champagne to this date.
Fleury is based in Courteron in the Aube, which is the southern most part of the Champagne region. In the past, this area belonged to both Champagne and Burgundy.
The soils here are composed of Kimmeridgian clay and are very similar to the soils of Chablis. 85% of the vineyards are planted to Pinot Noir (that is the most important grape variety for the Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut), 10% to Chardonnay and 4% to an Alsatian clone of Pinot Blanc.
All vineyard work is done by hand and the ploughing is done by horse. Biodynamic preparations 500 and 501 are used here as and herbs teas of yarrow, valerian and camomile are utilised in the spring.
The vineyards are bordered by a forest and are full of life – dear and wild boar are sometimes found munching on grapes.
In the winery, pressing is done using a traditional basket press and each parcel is pressed separately. Gravity instead of pumping is used to move the wine in a more natural way.
Natural yeasts and malolactic fermentation are employed in the winery and part of the wine is kept in traditional oak barriques (which they buy from Domaine Leflaive), imparting a delicate oak aroma to the base wines.
For the second fermentation, all vintage wines are stoppered with natural cork and left to age on lees in underground cellars until they are ready to be disgorged.
Therefore, the Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut can be 100% considered a natural wine.
The Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut NV is a true representation of its terroir. Complex and fascinating, a real Champagne for Champagne appreciators!
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