The Fleury family has been on the cutting edge of quality winemaking practices for almost 100 years. They were one of the first houses to turn away from selling their grapes to large conglomerates to make wine from their own vineyards in 1929, focusing mostly on Pinot Noir grown in the Aube, Champagne's southernmost subregion. Jean-Pierre, the son of founder Robert Fleury, joined the winemaking team in the 1960's and the estate began to experiment with Biodynamic viticulture and wine-making in the 1980s. By 1992, the estate was 100% Biodynamic, a feat in a region often thought of as too risky to put many of Biodynamic farming's most stringent practices into place. They are still the largest Biodynamic winemaker in all of Champagne. The house is technically a Negociant; however the grapes that they buy are also from the biodynamically farmed vineyards of their neighbors.
2004 was actually the first vintage for Sebastien, Jean-Pierre's son, to join the wine-making team. A great vintage for Champagne, with most houses producing a vintage-dated wine from that year. The "Bolero" is one of those wines. 100% Pinot Noir, 25% of which is fermented in oak barrels, adding a distinct richness to the palate. Even though the wine is technically "Extra Brut", one of the lowest levels of residual sugar, the boldness of the Pinot Noir grape and weight from barrel fermentation, paired with the spice of age and 7 years of lees aging, makes this a wine for rich, hearty dishes and decadent celebrations.
Pairings: Starters, chicken, fresh fish, shellfish, veggies, hard and triple creme cheeses or as an apéritif!