Champagne (France)

LVF Green Guide 1 Star

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 biodynamic on 3 hectares of the estate in 1989. Within 3 years he decided to apply those principles to the entirety of his vineyard holdings of 15 ha (90% is Pinot Noir) which makes them the biggest biodynamic producer in Champagne. 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. !




This wine originates from the southern part of Rheinhessen, the “Wonnegau”. In former times it was a common practice to plant several varieties side by side, such as Gewürztraminer in between Riesling. They were harvested and pressed together, whereby Gewürztraminer naturally buffers the Riesling higher acidity. Today, the wines are planted separately, picked, pressed, and fermented individually, prior to the final “marriage” or “Cuvée” is done. This unique dry white wine combines the crisp freshness of the Riesling with the spicy aromas of the Gewürztraminer.