Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine


Champagne Fleury

Here, where the Seine receives its first tributaries, are the limestone slopes of Southern Champagne called “Côte des Bar.” The Fleury family has been cultivating vineyards here for many generations.Emile, the grandfather, was the first to establish grafted Pinot noir in the area, after the invasion of phylloxera. His son Robert, as a pioneer in the Aube, released in 1929 his first bottles from his own harvest and aimed to produce a quality Champagne.Jean-Pierre wanted to be an astronomer. In 1962, he took on the family business, cultivating according to the chemical practices of the time. 1970 he discovered biodynamics, an alternative system of agriculture based on the alliance of he universe and the earth. He began ecological farming: mechanical weeding, organic contribution of manure. In 1989, the transition into biodynamics was done naturally, initially on a section, then on the whole estate in 1992. He thus became the biodynamically cultivating Champagne producer.The results could not wait. In 1993 Jean-Pierre was elected “winegrower of the year” by GaultMillau. Each year since, international recognition has been rewarded to some cuvées of the Champagne Fleury range : Silver medal at International Wine Challenge 2002 for Brut vintage 1996, Prix des Vinalies 2005 for Rosé brut, two stars “Coup de coeur” by Guide Hachette des Vins 2006 for Blanc de Blancs doux 1997.