2005 Champage Fleury "Bolero" Extra Brut, 750ml

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An exceptional and rare bottling of vintaged Champagne from an biodynamic producer in the Côtes de Bar. There is a reason Champagne is sought after and this bottle will go a long way in explaining to anyone who doubts it.

Notes from the producer:

"100% Pinot Noir, 2.5 g/l dosage. Old Vines and 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. The mousse is delicate yet persistent. Baked apple, minerals and toffee combine into a chorus of flavors. Like all vintage cuvees from Fleury it is aged under "Bague Carre" (Cork secured by a staple vs. crown cap) thus the different shape to the bottle collar. This technique is expensive & time-consuming requiring much manuel hand-work to process the bottles. The subtle micro-oxygenation this technique allows for adds complexity to the vintage releases.

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."

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