Date: Nov 12/09, Thu Time: 02:00:00-05:00:00 Style: Drop-In
Champagne Tasting – The Living Vine presented an exclusive tasting of biodynamic wines from Champagne Fleury, Courteron Aube, Champagne France. We were honoured to have Ms. Morgane Fleury on hand to answer all our questions.
Champagne Fleury was founded by Morgane Fleury's great-grandfather in 1895, and it’s located in the Côtes de Bar, in the south of the Champagne region. In 1929, during the depression, grape prices were so low that Robert Fleury decided to take the then unusual step of bottling his own Champagne.
Champagne Fleury’s conversion to biodynamics was at the hands of Morgane's father, Jean-Pierre. His interest in sustainable wine growing began in the 1970s when he tried using manual tilling (as opposed to herbicides) and composting (as opposed to synthetic fertilizers). He began a trial with biodynamics, applying it to just 3 ha, in 1989 and then in 1992 used it across the whole of his vineyard holdings. All 15 hectares that Fleury own (90% of which is Pinot Noir) are cultivated using biodynamics, which makes them the largest biodynamic producer in the entire Champagne region. ‘The key is soil health’, he says. ‘We must keep the earth healthy. The structure of the soil gives back the essence of the terroir’.
Some of the wonderful wines our members sampled at this event included:
Carte Rouge Brut ou Demi-sec ($56.95) Fleur De L’europe Brut ($56.95) Rose de Saignee Brut ($67.95) 2000 Robert Fleury ($79.95) 1995 Millesime($89.95)