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Denis Varnier is a young vigneron in Champagne making tiny quantities of wine from Grand Cru vineyards. The history of the estate dates back to 1860, when the Fannière family began growing grapes and selling them to the Champagne negociant houses. It was only in 1950 that the family started producing Champagne under their own name. In 1989 Denis Varnier took over the vineyards and the house we know today was born. Varnier-Fannière's domaine is tiny, just 4 hectares of exclusively Grand Cru...
The nose is a bouquet of aromas that has evolved over 5 years of in cellar aging. On the nose, there are layers of white flowers, hint of lychees, and dried fruit which are typical of great Chardonnays. The maturity is notable on the palate in the form of toasted hazelnut, pastries, and a well-marked mineral finish.
The grapes come from a single plot of Avize aged 68: “Le Clos du Grand-Père”. The vineyard is sustainably farmed.
This Brut Grand Cru is a blend of different years of harvest. It spends 30 months on its lees before disgorgement and has a dosage of 7 g/l.
- 94 Points -
Disgorged in June 2017 with seven grams per liter and derived from a parcel of old Chardonnay vines in Avize, the latest rendition of Varnier-Fannière's NV Brut Grand Cru Cuvée St-Denis opens in the glass with notions of waxy lemon rind, confit citrus, fresh peach, white flowers and warm biscuits. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and concentrated, with chewy extract, a tight-knit core and brisk acids, revealing a youthfully frothy mousse and a long, chalky finish. This has a very promising future ahead of it.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
This structured Champagne shows a firm, almost crunchy quality, complemented by the creamy mousse and rich notes of nectarine, salted almond and lemon pound cake. Fresh and focused, with minerally saline and smoke details on the finish. Chardonnay.See detailed press review