Grand Cru Chardonnay
From the Cote de Blancs
"exceptional polish, superb definition and tons of minerality" -Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Today we're offering a selection of wines from Varnier-Fanniere.

"This impeccably-run estate in Avize may be small in size, but its vineyard holdings are impressive, as all four hectares of vines lie in the grand cru villages of Avize, Oiry, Oger and Cramant...Denis Varnier placed a strong emphasis on the preservation of old vines, and the average age of the estate’s vines is between 30 and 50 years old...The Varnier-Fannière champagnes are concentrated and ripe, but they aren't blockbusters. Their richness is allied with an expressive minerality and always held in a finely-tuned balance, feeling virile and energetic without being top-heavy." - Peter Liem, Champagne Guide

The Fanniere family began tending vineyards in Avize in 1860, but for almost a hundred years it sold those grapes to Moet, Pommery and Roederer.  Today, they own ten acres of vines and focus exclusively on Chardonnay, purchasing still Pinot Noir for its Rose from a grower in Ambonnay.

"[Varnier-Fanniere] makes some of the most unique, compelling Chardonnay-based Champagnes readers are likely to come across...At their best, his wines offer exceptional polish, superb definition and tons of minerality...These Champagnes, many of which emerge from old vine parcels, are the embodiment of the great villages in the Cote des, tension and pure class." - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

All wines are in-stock and available now.
Varnier-Fanniere Brut Cuvee St. Denis NV
24 bottles available in stock
$60 per bottle
93 points Vinous: "The NV Brut Cuvée Saint Denis is another fabulous wine in this range. It emerges from 70 year-old vines in the Vigne du Grand Père lieu-dit in Avize. Orchard fruit, pear, lemon oil, graphite and crushed rocks build as this chiseled Blanc de Blancs shows off its remarkable pedigree and personality. This release is a blend of 60% 2015 and 40% 2014. Dosage is 10 grams per liter. Disgorged: October 30, 2019. (Drink between 2020-2028)"

Varnier-Fanniere Brut Grand Vintage 2013
36 bottles available in stock
$85 per bottle
94 points Vinous: "The 2013 Brut Grand Vintage captures all the depth and intensity of this great Côtes des Blancs vintage. Citrus, graphite, dried flowers, almonds and savory herbs are all amplified in a Champagne of tremendous breadth and transparency. Hints of apricot, tangerine oil and lemon confit linger on the exotic finish. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 19, 2021. (Drink between 2021-2027)"


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