“Grower” Champagnes are sparkling wines made in the Champagne region where the grower also produces the end wine. They are smaller than the Grand Marques Champagne houses such as Moët or Veuve Cliquot and I think offer real variety, sense of place and value.
Veuve Fourny is based in the small village of Vertus just a ten minute drive south of Epernay. This is a small sleepy village but well known for its exceptional grower Champagne houses including Veuve Fourny. The village is also known for making Champagnes that are predominantly Chardonnay due to the specific soil composition (soft chalk) and south to south east facing slopes.
Veuve Fourny owns 12 hectares (30 acres) of Premier Cru (Pinot Noir) and Grand Cru (Chardonnay) vineyards. The Champagne house is in its fifth generation of the family and they produce 8 different cuvées reflecting the vineyards of the Cote des Blancs. The Champagnes all have low dosage/zero dosage (dosage being the process of adding sugar to a champagne) with the Brut 1er Cru less than 6g and the Extra Brut less the 3g. They are able to keep the dosage so low, due to the old age of the vines and late date of harvesting.
From the single vineyard around the house, zero dosage. Exceptional! Round and generous despite no dosage, apple and brioche on the nose and a creamy, complex palate, will age for years to come!