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Champagne Fluteau Coeur de Cuvee Extra Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Fluteau Coeur de Cuvee Extra Brut NV

With a history going all the way back to 1935, Champagne Fluteau is one of the pioneering wineries of the Côte des Bar.

$35
$70

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Flavor Profile: Almond biscuits, cherry blossoms, rose petals, lemon pastry, vanilla bean, raspberry tartine, juicy peach, orange zest, and lemon
Time on Lees: 36 months
Dosage: 4 g/L
Farming Method: HVE Certified Sustainable
Score: 94

Why We Love It...

Champagne Fluteau changed the course of winemaking in the Côte des Bar, standing as an integral player shortly after the official Champagne classification of the area in the late 1920s. The family happens to own some of the region’s most premium vineyards, which – when paired with four generations of winemaking prowess – results in some properly delicious wines with pedigree for days. This 94-point beauty stands up to the reputation the family has constructed, with this “Heart of the Blend” delivering something altogether expressive, mineral-forward, and brilliantly bright in nature.

Some of our Last Bubbles crew has had the great fortune of visiting the property, and – beyond the stunning vineyards and exquisite Champagnes – we found that this house has even more to offer: a no-nonsense, ever-reverent approach to winemaking, honoring family history, and tending the land. The serene village of Gyé-sur-Seine has been home to the Fluteau estate since 1935, and the family still produces their wines in the original winery. With his sister, Adeline Fluteau, heading up the admin and sales side, Jeremy Fluteau leads the winemaking efforts here in about as practical, black-and-white sense as imaginable. No waxing poetic about land and beauty, he takes a more straightforward approach, almost as though he’s an engineer destined to crack the code for producing the most high-quality Champagnes possible…and succeeding ever so well. Although his personality leans more stoic, his wines may be the very opposite: expressive, ebullient, and exciting in every way to pop open and drink. He seems to effortlessly balance time-honored techniques with the integration of newer technologies to craft his incredible selection of small-production cuvees. 

However, in the early 1900s, the Côte des Bar region where Fluteau resides wasn’t even considered a part of Champagne. In fact, in 1911, a classification excluded the entire Aube region from the prestigious label, instead forcing producers to label wines raised here as “Champagne deuxième zone,” or essentially “second-class Champagne.” (Ouch.) It was in part thanks to the Fluteaus and their pioneering efforts, alongside a few other early houses, that the great houses of Reims finally waved the white flag, allowing the Côte des Bar to join the Champagne classification – though forbidding the status of Grand Cru and Premier Cru to be bestowed on any of the area’s vineyards. They argued the fruit could be used for blending, but great wines surely couldn’t be produced singularly here…yet, how wrong they were!

Case in point: This grand “Coeur de Cuvee'' –  a 100% pinot noir wine with 50% harvested in 2018 from the Fluteau’s historic site of Les Evallons, a single plot planted in 1960, with the other half pulled from reserve solera wine. Primary fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, while malolactic fermentation completes the process to stabilize and preserve the wine's lip-smacking freshness. Strong aromatics waft from the glass with notes of almond biscuits, cherry blossoms, rose petals, lemon pastry, and a smudge of vanilla bean. The Côte des Bar signature robust fruit flavors emerge on the palate with sensations of raspberry tartine, juicy peach, orange zest, and lemon with a tart and mineral undercarriage to balance out the big fruit of it all. Totally generous, vibrant, and ample with a balance of fruit and acid, this 94 point, half-off Champagne is certain to impress and win over the hearts of all who imbibe…the name even says so! 

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Cote des Bar
Vineyard: Les Evallons
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Jeremy Fluteau
Farming Method: HVE Certified Sustainable
Alcohol: 12%
Pair it with: Seafood Bouillabaisse

About the Producer

Founded in 1935, Champagne Fluteau is one of the pioneering wineries of the Cote de Bars. To this day, their mission remains true to our roots: to share their passion for creating distinctive champagnes that are above all a reflection of our terroir. Today the next generation is running the estate focused on modernizing the winery and creating unique wines with a sense of place.

Champagne Fluteau Coeur de Cuvee Extra Brut NV

$35
$70

Retail

50

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