Veuve Fourny & Fils A Vertus Blanc de Blancs Brut Premier Cru Champagne
A new find for us the Veuve Fourny Champagnes offer great value. The Fourny family have been growing vines in the Premier Cru of Vertus since 1856 with the fifth generation currently at the helm. The Blancs de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay sourced from vines over 40 years old and is aged for a minimum of 2 years on lees. Pours with a frothy white mousse that holds well over a pale straw coloured base with pale gold tinged edges. A nibble stream of tiny bubbles flowing through it. Pronounced aromatics of baked bread, pear and yeast lees aromas fills the nostrils with oily toast like notes and honeyed almond scents ensuing. Rich and full in the mouth expressive baked bread, yeast lees and oily toast flavours have a creamy textural feel with some pear and citrus characters also in the mix. Dry crisp finish with a long richly flavoured aftertaste.
A personal favourite of mine. Its foundation is three consecutive vintages, with 20% of reserve wines. Extensive use of French oak during maturation. Dosage only 5g/l when disgorged in March 2023. The bouquet is flowery, the palate gently filled with honey and brioche.
James Halliday's Top 100 2023