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VARNIER-FANNIERE St. Denis Brut Grand cru N/V

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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.

April 2019

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