Champagne Fleury, Boléro Extra Brut (2009)

Champagne Fleury, Boléro Extra Brut (2009)

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Champagne Fleury has been run by the Fleury family for over a century, with each generation contributing to its reputation for innovation. In 1901, Emile Fleury became the first grower in Champagne to replant Pinot Noir after phyloxerra. His son, Robert Fleury, then made the unusual decision to bottle his own champagne in 1929. In the 1970s, Jean-Pierre Fleury became concerned about the effects of chemical agriculture on the environment and began experimenting with manual tilling and composting followed by a trial of biodynamy on 3 hectares of the estate in 1989. Within 3 years he decided to apply those principles to the entirety of his vineyard holdings. In 1993, Gault-Millau elected Jean-Pierre winemaker of the year and the international recognition has continued. Located in the Côtes de Bar in the village of Courteron, the Fleury estate vineyards stretch 15 hectares on both slopes of the Seine valley.

Boléro: 100% Pinot Noir, 2.5 g/l dosage. Extended lees aging.

A special old vine selection of Pinot from their holdings - this wine exhibits lovely complexity from the 10 years on the lees prior to disgorgement. All vintage cuvees from Fleury have the secondary fermentation takes place in the old agrafé style, under a cork held down by a staple "Bague Carre" (Cork secured by a staple vs. crown cap) thus the different shape to the bottle collars on the vintage wines. This technique is expensive & time-consuming requiring much hand-work to process the bottles. The subtle micro-oxygenation this technique allows for adds complexity to the vintage releases. The mousse is delicate yet persistent. Baked apple, minerals and toffee combine into a chorus of flavors.

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