Domaine Fleury: A history of passion and innovation
Since 1895, Domaine Fleury, located in the Côte des Bar region of southern Champagne, has been perpetuating a winegrowing tradition of excellence. This family-run estate, now in its fourth generation, has set itself apart by pioneering biodynamic viticulture in the region. Fleury is internationally renowned for its exceptional champagnes, combining ancestral know-how with environmentally-friendly practices.
An exceptional terroir in the Côte des Bar region
The 15-hectare vineyard at Fleury is planted on clay-limestone slopes, offering ideal conditions for growing the emblematic grape varieties of the Champagne region. The vines, facing South/South-West, benefit from optimal sunshine and a great diversity of soils, contributing to the richness and complexity of the wines produced.
Location: Courteron, a village 45km south of Troyes, in the Côte des Bar region.
Vineyard area: 15 hectares.
Grape varieties: 85% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 3% Pinot Blanc, 2% Pinot Gris.
A Family Tradition of Excellence
Since its creation, Domaine Fleury has distinguished itself by its commitment to quality and innovation. Each generation has made its own contribution to the development of Fleury.
Emile Fleury was the first to plant grafted Pinot Noirs in the region, after the phylloxera invasion.
Robert Fleury, his son, became a "récoltant manipulant" in 1929, focusing on the production of quality champagne.
Jean-Pierre Fleury, who took over the reins of the family domaine in 1962, gradually introduced ecological growing practices and turned to biodynamic viticulture in 1989. He became the first Champagne producer to adopt this environmentally-friendly approach.
The fourth generation came on the scene in 2009, perpetuating the family's environmentally-friendly values and methods while striving for excellence.
Biodynamics: A Respectful Approach to Nature
La Maison Fleury opted for biodynamic viticulture in 1992, converting its entire vineyard to this respectful approach to nature. Biodynamics, based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, is a global method that aims to re-establish the balance between the earth, the plant and man.
Organic aspect: Domaine Fleury favours organic fertilizers, mechanical and manual weeding rather than the use of herbicides, and limits the use of phyto-sanitary products. This environmentally-friendly approach preserves biodiversity and produces high-quality grapes.
Dynamic aspect: Biodynamic viticulture integrates cosmic rhythms, such as the cycles of the sun, moon and other planets, into the viticultural work. This harmony with natural forces promotes the vitality of the soil, the vines and the wines produced.
Vinification: Purity and Precision
The winemaking process at Fleury is marked by a constant quest for purity and precision. The grapes are harvested by hand, guaranteeing meticulous selection. The wines are then made with as few oenological inputs as possible, favoring spontaneous fermentation and the authentic expression of terroir.
Vinification of still wines: Fermentations take place slowly and wines are aged on lees until spring, before being bottled for the prise de mousse.
Ageing: La Maison Fleury favors long ageing periods, from 3 to 10 years depending on the cuvée. This allows the wines to develop their full complexity and elegance.
Cuvées d'Exception: A Sensory Voyage
La Maison Fleury offers a range of exceptional champagnes, reflecting the unique expression of its terroir and its mastery of biodynamic viticulture. Each cuvée is the fruit of ancestral know-how and a passion for excellence.
Sonate Extra Brut Champagne Fleury: An exceptional cuvée, vintage 2012, that testifies to the purity and finesse of Fleury champagnes.
Variation 2015 Champagne Fleury: A 100% Pinot Gris, an exceptional cuvée with a unique personality.
Blanc de Noirs Champagne Fleury: A Blanc de Noirs champagne with great roundness and aromatic complexity.
Fleur de l'Europe Champagne Fleury: A fresh, pure cuvée, revealing all the typicality of champagnes Fleury.
Rosé de Saignée Champagne Fleury: A rosé champagne vinified without any inputs, offering an explosion of flavors and great freshness.
La Maison Fleury: International recognition
Thanks to its commitment to quality and the environment, Fleury has won international recognition. Fleury champagnes are appreciated by connoisseurs and professionals the world over, who recognize in them the authentic expression of the Côte des Bar terroir and the excellence of biodynamic viticulture.
Fleury embodies the excellence of biodynamic viticulture in Champagne. For four generations, the family estate has perpetuated an exceptional winemaking tradition, in harmony with nature and terroir. The Fleury champagnes, combining ancestral know-how and environmentally-friendly practices, reflect this passion and quest for excellence. To taste a Fleury champagne is to enjoy a unique sensory experience, as close as possible to nature and the authenticity of the Champagne terroir.