Fleury "Fleur de l'Europe" Brut Champagne

SKU #1037652 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The NV Brut Fleur de l’Europe emerges from the glass with hints of dried pear, hazelnuts, dried flowers and spices. Rich, creamy and expressive, the Fleur de l’Europe impresses with its gorgeous overall balance. Slight oxidative overtones give the fruit a burnished patina that is highly appealing. There is plenty of complexity and personality in the glass. This release is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, vintages 2003 and 2002. Disgorgement date: December 12, 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2015.  (11/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (90% pinot noir and 10% chardonnay): Light gold. A pungent, spice-accented bouquet evokes poached pear, cherry pit, anise and musky herbs. Shows good depth and energy to its powerful orchard and pit fruit flavors, lifted by a refreshing touch of bitter rhubarb. A weighty, masculine rendition of Champagne, with strong finishing punch and the power to work with rich poultry dishes or pungent cheeses.  (12/2012)

90 points Vinous

 The NV Brut Fleur de l'Europe emerges from the glass with hints of dried pear, hazelnuts, dried flowers and spices. Rich, creamy and expressive, the Fleur de l'Europe impresses with its gorgeous overall balance. Slight oxidative overtones give the fruit a burnished patina that is highly appealing. There is plenty of complexity and personality in the glass. This release is 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, vintages 2003 and 2002. Disgorgement date: December 12, 2011. (AG)  (12/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A tang of sea salt and bright acidity enlivens this balanced version, featuring aromatic notes of toasted raisin bread, marzipan and yeast, with glazed apricot, lemon curd and chalk accents. Subtle finish. Drink now through 2016.  (11/2013)

K&L Notes

Champagne Fleury is a biodynamic producer from Courteron, a small village in Champage that's closer to the northern Burgundy region of Chablis than it is to Reims. Fleury's winemaking philosohy is more Burgundian too, focused on creating great wine in the vineyard and less in the cellar. It has clean, black cherry fruit and very deep pinot noir savour, with a toasted coconut finish. This is a step up in both texture and length from the Carte Blanche, with extra complexity from the longer sur-lie ageing. (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)


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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2009 | Send Email
This Pinot Noir-based beauty has a wonderful nose of gingersnaps, earth, cherries and citrus fruits. On the palate, there’s a decent bit of yeast, Mandarin oranges, tangerines and vanilla in the forefront. Later, flavors of black cherry fruit and toasted coconut come through. All in all, a clean, refreshing style.

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Other White Wines

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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Champagne

- The French region of Champagne (comprised of the towns of Rheims, Epernay, and Ay) was the first region in the world to make sparkling wine in any quantity. Today, the name of the region is synonymous with the finest of all sparkling wines, and winemaking traditions of Champagne have become role models for sparkling wine producers, worldwide. Surprisingly, the region of Champagne is now responsible for only one bottle in 12 of all sparkling wine produced. Styles of champagne range from the basic brut (often blends of several vintages), single vintage champagnes, and rose.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5
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