N.V. Veuve Fourny Grande Reserve Brut 1er Cru

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Champagne
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 88
Burghound: 91
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$34.95

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"Bright and lively, with a lightly chalky texture, juicy acidity and notes of Gala apple, black licorice, spring blossom and lemon curd. Drink now. –AN" (WS)

"The NV Brut Grand Reserve introduces 20% Pinot Noir into the blend and is aged in cask. Here there is an additional level of up-front plumpness although the wine loses some steam on the finish. Still, I can’t help thinking that this wine will benefit from a few more months in bottle. This is Lot 1605, disgorged 5/16/2008 Anticipated maturity: 2008-2010.

Veuve Fourny is small, family-run domaine based in Vertus." (WA)

"The NV Grande Réserve Brut 1er Cru is a good introduction to the wines of Veuve Fourny & Fils. Rich, ample and explosive, the Grand Reserve offers plenty of intensity and immediacy, if less of the finesse of some of the other wines in the range. The 20% Pinot Noir adds breadth and volume to the Chardonnay core, but also a certain element of rusticity in the mouthfeel. Dried pear, smoke, red stone fruit and pastry meld into the deep finish. Disgorged: 02/2014." (VM)

"A shy nose is comprised of grapefruit, green apple and floral nuances that lead to energetic, precise and moderately austere flavors where the mousse possesses a very fine bead. This is linear and notably dry effort that culminates in a linear, indeed almost lean finish yet the finesse is most impressive. This will most please those who prefer crisp higher acid examples. I quite like this though I appreciate that the style will not be for everyone." (BH)

MY $34.95 CHAMPAGNE HOLIDAY SUGGESTION Vve FOURNY & FILS PREMIER CRU BRUT VERTUS CHAMPAGNE

What first caught my eye with this Champagne as I was scanning the various sparkling wines at L.A. Wine Company was its denotation of Premier Cru. Such a designation indicates that the grapes come entirely from those vineyards that are located in the next-to-the top sites in Champagne (the top vineyards being Grand Cru). I’ve learned that Champagnes designated with either of these two classifications is a very good indicator of superior quality. I had a bottle at dinner a few days later and a second with my Saturday wine lunch bunch and in both instances, the others and myself were quite impressed with this Fourny Brut Premier Cru. In the under $40 range (and maybe ever under $50) this is my pick as to the best French Champagne available in this area.

This Fourny Brut Vertus comes from a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. There is none of the somewhat lesser Pinot Meunier red grape present. In addition, the blend is a bit unusual as most champagnes are 60% red Pinot grapes and 40% Chardonnay, while this bottling is predominately Chardonnay. I think it safe to say that this high percentage of Chardonnay adds to the wines appealing subtle elegance and may be a factor in the wines exceptional balance and long finish.

The Fourny family has owned the vineyards that sup¬plied all the grapes for this Champagne since 1856. These premier cru vineyards, some of which contain very old vines, are all in the township of Vertus, which is in the southern end of the famous Blanc de Blanc area of Champagne. Aging prior to bottling occurs for several years in small oak barrels. Both bottles I tasted were very fresh and this freshness can sometimes be a problem, especially with non-Vintage stock, when the importer or the store has the wine for an extended period of years. You can be confident from the sprightly character of this Brut Vertus that the wines in top condition.

Regular price is around $37 to $40 with L.A. Wine Company having it below $35.

RATING:93

PRICE:$34.95 **bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

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Winery Notes:
80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir

Located entirely in the Premier Cru Village of Vertus in the Cote de Blancs. This is Chardonnay country and more importantly the style of this house is very low dosage so that the wines are remarkably dry and crisp. The wines undergo full malolactic fermentation giving the wines incredible richness while the palate is still crisp and fresh. These are my favorite Champagnes.(KL)

Veuve Fourny: Located entirely in the Premier Cru Village of Vertus in the Cote de Blancs. This is Chardonnay country and more importantly the style of this house is very low dosage so that the wines are remarkably dry and crisp. The wines undergo partial malolactic fermentation. Some base wines go through full malo while others do not undergo malo at all, giving the wines incredible richness while the palate is still crisp and fresh.

Here is a quote from one of the world’s leading sources on Champagne, Richard Juhlin:

“Since 1955 the Fourny family has made its own champagne. Nowadays Monique and Charles Fourny make delicious champagnes from their 6.5 hectares. Organic farming, old vines, and oak barrels are the keys to their rapid success. The oaky, ultra-serious wines from Clos Notre Dame need to be given time! The hour that was accidently given to me was enough to show the beginnings of greatness in the 98. A touch of smoky barrel and concentrated organic loveliness!”