France, Champagne, Avize
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
"(RP=92) Always a blend of three different vintages and aged for three years on the lees, Varnier-Fanni’åre's NV Brut Grand Cru is 100% Chardonnay from the C’‚te des Blancs. It opens with a clear and ripe, but (lemon) fresh fruit aroma intertwined with chalky brioche and nougat flavors. Highly elegant and delicate on the palate, this is an aromatic, charmingly round and lovely mineral Brut with a pretty long, pure and iodine finish. This is an absolutely stimulating crowd and wine-freak pleaser. Champagne drinkers of the world: unite and take over.
(WS=92) A full-throttle, malt- and whole grain-infused Champagne, yet with a creamy texture and fine balance. Russet apple, grapefruit and honey tones round out the flavor profile, with a long, toasty aftertaste. (AG=91) The NV Brut Grand Cru is a gorgeous wine. Ample, creamy and inviting, the Grand Cru possesses striking intensity throughout. The dosage of 10 grams per liter seems perfectly judged for the personality of these sites in Avize, Cramant, Oger and Oiry. Lemon confit, white flowers, mint and sage are some of many notes that build on the palate as this impeccable Champagne shows off its personality and breed. There is so much to like here. The current release is equal parts 2013 and 2012. Dosage is 10 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2016."