Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last post I introduced Thierry Fluteau. His champagnes are made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sometimes one or the other (i.e. Blanc de Noirs or Blanc de Blancs respectively), sometimes as a blend of the two. As the vineyards are in the southern reaches of the Champagne region, the soils are composed of clay and hard calcerous limestone dating from the Jurassic period, unlike the northern and more familiar part of Champagne where the soils are very chalky. 

This gives his wines a very focused and powerful fruit that is well-balanced with acidity and go well with appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and light fare such as fish or chicken (though I am of the opinion that champagne goes well with just about anything). 

A number of his wines are available in the Chicago market in the price points from $31 to $37 and are perennial favorites at my champagne tastings. You can find them at many of the Binny's Depot locations.

Here is a list of his wines you can find here with a link to their page on my website:

Please note that the vintages on the site pages don't always represent those available on the market.


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