Champagne Veuve Fourny Vertus Cuvee R 1er Cru Extra Brut (750ml)
Veuve Fourny has been an active family domaine since 1856. The estate is located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus, an appellation that gives them the rare opportunity to grow Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay. 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 Fournys’ vineyards are farmed according to the same meticulous practices and principles, and each parcel is vinified individually. The house style at Veuve Fourny is best characterized as classic Côte des Blancs: a fine bead, rich, deep aromatics, and a complex minerality emphasizing freshness and purity. The Fournys believe in minimal dosage for all of their Champagnes, preferring to let the individual terroirs express themselves more clearly. This technique, in addition to their dedication to partial malolactic fermentations in their overall blends, impeccable vineyard management, and their decision to age most base wine partially in barrel, all contribute to their unique style.
A blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The wine is vinified in Burgundy barrels that range between the ages of 3 and 15 years old. The base wine goes through malolactic fermentation and is bottled unfiltered before the secondary fermentation in bottle and the wine ages for a minimum of four years on the lees. Though this is not a vintage dated wine, it is typically a blend of two vintages. The current disgorgement is vintage 2011 and 2010. The dosage is about 3-4 grams/liter.
Expressive notes of tea rose, toasted coconut and ground spice accent this mouthwatering version, layering a fine bead with flavors of roasted almond, whole-grain toast, plum puree, lemon meringue and grilled herb. Shows power and finesse. Drink now through 2020. – Alison Napjus