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As the name suggests, the Veuve Fourny Blanc de Blancs Brut Vertus Premier Cru is 100% Chardonnay and a pure expression of this variety from Vertus. Slightly broader than the Grande Reserve, it shows some honeyed characters and fruit purity, finesse and elegance. Which do I prefer? I’m not sure perhaps after working through a six-pack of each I could make a clearer call, with a gun to the head I would take the aperitif perfect Grande Réserve, though seasoned Champagne connoisseurs may go the Blanc de Blanc.

Emmanuel and Charles-Henry Fourny craft wines of great purity from their old, organic vines in the premier cru village of Vertus at the southern end of Champagne’s Cote des Blancs. Beach-fresh, linear and very fine, with white peach, crunchy apple, taut lemon fruit and salty minerality. 94 Points; Tyson Stelzer

Passionate about their land which has been cultivated by their ancestors since 1856, the Fourny family produce Champagnes from grapes grown in the premier crus of Vertus, a village located in the south of the prestigious Cote des Blancs.

Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils has been an active family domain since 1856. The estate is located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus. Brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny sustainably farm over nine hectares of vineyards and have been carrying on the family wine growing tradition since 1993.

Veuve Fourny produces classic grower Champagne, raising pedigreed fruit, adhering to high standards, and hand-crafting wines that showcase the chalky terroir of Vertus. All of the Fourny vineyards are farmed according to the same meticulous practices and principles, and each parcel is vinified separately. Over 30 parcels!

Created from three consecutive vintages plus 20% older reserve wine, all chardonnay. It spends over 30 months on tirage, the dosage 6g/l. Straw-gold, it has a flowery bouquet, then a powerful and generous palate, with a mix of Meyer lemon and biscuity notes on the very long and dry, yet vibrant, finish. Rating: 94 Points; Top 100 Wines of 2016; James Halliday Wine Companion

 

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