Fleury Sonate 9 Opus 10 Extra Brut Champagne

SKU #1224532 94 points Wine & Spirits

 This is the second release of Sonate No 9, a wine Jean-Pierre Fleury and his son, Jean-Sébastien, first made in 2009. They selected pinot noir from the first parcel the family converted to biodynamics in 1989, using that fruit to make a wine with a parallel philosophy in the cellar: working according to the lunar cycles and the biodynamic calendar, with yeast selected at the domaine and without added sulfur. When we first opened the bottle, the brown spice scents of nutmeg gave it a very mature tone, but the bubbles were persistent and acidity brought a ghost of freshness into the finish. Then the wine began to unfold with air, growing intense and powerful, the muscular structure of old-vine pinot noir holding it tense, an arrow of flavor. This is a Champagne to decant and to follow throughout the meal as it evolves.  (12/2015)

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Our only biodynamic, no sulphur Champagne! We only got two cases! -Gary Westby

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By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
This very unique champagne is the ultimate in biodynamic winemaking. There is no sulfur added and no dosage. A blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. It has a honey and toffee nose laden with roasted nuts. Dark yellow fruit on the palate with even more nuttiness and a definite fino sherry character. Very citrusy on the finish. We received only ONE case of this, so if this sounds interesting, do NOT wait! This is a very unusual style that is best suited to Champagne collectors or those of you looking for something different. Should be great with wild game bird or something with mushrooms. I wish we had more of it!

By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
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Something quite unique and exciting in Champagne presents itself in the Sonata 9 Opus One EB from Fleury, the best Natural Wine I've tried sparkling or not. Quite dry on the palate even though there is a small naturally occurring RS, 2 years on the lees which makes some sense for a Natural Wine, and a lovely palate. For the Champagne lover who has everything!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/17/2016 | Send Email
One of my favorite things to do is point out bottles that I have gotten to taste recently to customers who as what I have had that truly grabbed my attention. I never know in a tasting what might jump out at me and for what reason, but I am always pleased when something does. This weird, geeky Champagne was just such a wine. An extra brut from oddball biodynamic producer Fleury this bottle showed a slightly Sherried nose with hints of honey and fruit. A rich nutty and mineral wine I was taken aback by how complex it was. This is definitely a Champagne to try with food and not necessarily an every day wine, but it makes a phenomenal gift for any lover of esoteric, but good, wines.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2015 | Send Email
This is the only no-sulfur-added Champagne that we stock at K&L. I would not have trusted anyone else to make a bottle stable enough to pull off the trip half way around the world… And my trust in Fleury was well placed. This is the exception in their range, and definitely a totally different style than anything else that we stock. It is all 2010 harvest, and composed of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. There is no dosage, but the Champagne does have 2.5g/l of natural residual sugar. This is razor blade pure in the mouth, but has some brie like cream on the nose. It has a different energy and feel from anything else I have had before!

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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.


- 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.


- 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