In this wine, Saignée method creates a bright ruby red Champagne bountiful in fresh red fruits, black currant, black ripe cherries, a mind boggling complexity of minerality and acidity, with a delicate whisper of fruity glucose on the palate to balance its bright acidity.
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Vinification: The Fleury Estate is a vanguard of biodynamic winemaking in Champagne. This wine is for the wine obsessed who want a new adventure. This is made using the Saignée method. Saignée is traditionally used in the making of still red and rose wines, it means to bleed. During the wine making process the grapes are bled and left to macerate with the grape skins for 24 hours. This lends an increased proportion of phenolics and flavor compounds and is also very rare to find Champagne made using this method. This wine is one of our favorites in the shop and will surprise anyone with its complexity and flavor.
About the Winemaker: 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.