2011 Fleury Sonate Extra Brut Champagne Sans Soufre (Elsewhere $140)

SKU #1415608 92 points James Suckling

 This October 2017 disgorgement is a very different story to the earlier disgorgement, tasted in July 2017. There’s a wealth of berry-biscuit and praline here. Gently creamy and suavely textured. From organically grown grapes.  (7/2018)

K&L Notes

This biodynamically grown Champagne is made without sulphur. It is also deliscious! This Champagne is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, and is fermented half in stainless steel and half in wood. It is the top of the line offering from Fleury, made entirely from estate vineyards in Couteron. -Gary Westby, K&L


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By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/17/2019 | Send Email
I must admit I had some hesitation as to how much I'd enjoy this wine after hearing it was considered a natural wine. What a mind-blowing surprise it was! At first open you get all of the lovely champagne aromas but all intermingling in a balanced and subtle way: toasted almonds, brioche toast and minerality shines through. On the palate it's extremely fresh with a good acid backbone and a touch of salinity. Talk about complex! I can certainly see myself enjoying this with some pâté or popcorn.

By: Kate Soto | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2019 | Send Email
From one of the original biodynamic producers in Champagne, this is a fascinating wine, with layers of nutty notes, a delicate creaminess and a broad, complex palate. Notes of almonds and a touch of bitterness, but there’s still ripe golden fruit. Ends on a fresh, zippy finish. There’s a lot going on here, and it’s exciting to drink, especially with something with some umami like pate--or better yet, a Bánh mì sandwich!

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2019 | Send Email
I could not be more excited to have Fleury back in our stores. Their Sonate is truly a Champagne you don’t want to miss. It’s a dichotomy of funk and finesse. This is a natural wine with an umami quality but enough elegance and delicate bubbles to impress the most highbrow connoisseur. In my notes, I wrote “under voile?” because of the walnut character that shines through on the nose. The color is also deep yellow, almost like a Jura wine, with clear acidity and an incredibly fresh finish. And the fruit! There is no mistaking that this is Pinot Noir. There’s an earthiness to the berry notes, with a hint of biscuit and nuttiness, all the way through to the flinty finish. This is a complex wine, responsibly made and deliciously intriguing.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2019 | Send Email
It is really exciting for me to be able to offer this Champagne, Fleury's top bottling, at such a fantastic discount. This is natural wine, but more importantly, it is great Champagne, and it is the quality of the old vine fruit, planted on the best mid slope sites that is front and center. This has perfect, tiny streamers and supple texture, subtle biscuity complexity, savory Pinot fruit and great Chablis like, clean earth on the back end. It also has a little hint of top quality soy, that I don't know that I would have found right away had I not known that this was made without sulphur. This is a must try for any Champagne lover!
Drink from 2019 to 2021

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

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