The Fourny brothers' meticulous attention to the local terroir is a perennial focal point that has distinguished the house style from the start. The chalky soils of Vertus, coupled with old vines inherited from their forerunners, allow Emmanuel and Charles to craft precise, terroir-driven Champagnes with gorgeous purity and finesse. The Blanc de Blancs is a perennial favorite: dry, elegant, and surprisingly complex.
|Producer:||Veuve Fourny & Fils|
|Winemaker:||Charles and Emmanuel Fourny|
|Vineyard:||60 years average|
|Soil:||Chalk, Limestone, .80 ha|
|Aging:||Ages in bottle for 2 ½ years before release|
Veuve Fourny & Fils France | Champagne | Vertus
Champagne Veuve Fourny & Fils is relatively new to the KLWM portfolio, although it has been an active family domaine since 1856. The estate is located in prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus, giving them the rare opportunity to grow Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay. Brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel sustainably farm nearly nine hectares of vineyards, carrying on the family tradition since 1993. All of their vineyards are farmed according to the same meticulous practices and principles, with each parcel vinified individually. Veuve Fourny produces classic grower Champagne, raising pedigreed fruit, adhering to high standards, and hand-crafting wines that showcase the chalky terroir of Vertus.
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch