1995 Fleury Doux Champagne (high dosage) (Previously $80.)
Champagne Fleury has been around since 1895, releasing their first bubbly in 1929. The vineyards themselves are located on steep slopes that have a calcareous clay soil and see ample amounts of sun, so the grapes have an outstanding ripeness. Continental and oceanic climates combine for cool mornings and nice bursts of heat in the afternoons. Fleury was one of the first vineyards to start converting to biodynamics, too, beginning in 1989 and completing the process for all of their vineyards by 1992. This is a high dosage Champagne, but do not think for a second that it is sickening sweet or cloying in any way. Very long, with tremedous balance through the finish, this dessert style bubbly is just as tasty served before a meal as afterward.