Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils “Cuvée R” Vertus Premier Cru Extra Brut
“The honed restraint of Fourny‘s pristine fruit, meeting the ravishing complexity of old oak and swirling, tossing minerality, makes for quite a display. Fermentation in old oak barrels amplifies bath-salts minerality drawn from the thin soils of the north of Vertus near Le Mesnil-sur-Oger by grand old vines. Carefully crafted old oak cranks things up a notch from Fourny‘s other non-vintage cuvées, making for a taut and dry blend of Cuvée R, with a mouthfeel of grapefruit pith texture.” – Tyson Stelzer
Clearly Tyson Stelzer, award-winning wine writer and author of The Champagne guide, likes this wine as much as we do. We opened a few bottles of “Cuvée R” over the course of the holiday season and it was drinking beautifully every time. It’s a perfect, crowd-pleasing bottle for gatherings or an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner.
Champagne Veuve Fourny is located in the prestigious Côte des Blancs in the village of Vertus, one of the most highly regarded of the Premier Cru villages and one that allows the estate to grow high quality Pinot Noir alongside some of the Champagne region’s finest Chardonnay. Brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny sustainably farm about 22 acres of vineyards, although Cuvée R is predominately from a small 2 acre plot of the Les Barilliers vineyard growing vines that average 60 years in age.
Because of their absolute focus on ripeness and quality fruit in the vineyard the Fournys seek to add minimum dosage to all of their wines. Indeed, Cuvée R is classified as an Extra Brut with only 3-4 grams/liter of dosage. The blend is 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from the 2010 and 2011 vintages. The wine is vinified in 100% Burgundian barrels (between 3-15 years old) and then aged for at least 4 years in bottle before release.