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KERMIT LYNCH WINE MERCHANT

Technical Information

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area*
Vertus Brut 1er Cru
Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay 40 years Chalk, Limestone 4 ha
Vertus Brut Nature 1er Cru
Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay 60 years average Chalk, Limestone 1.5 ha
Vertus Brut
"Grande Réserve" 1er Cru
80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir 40 years Chalk, Limestone 4.5 ha
Vertus Extra Brut
“Cuvée R” 1er Cru
90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir 60 years average Chalk, Limestone 1 ha
NV Vertus “Extra Dry” 1er Cru

50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir 40 years Clay, Limestone, Chalk 1 ha
Vertus Rosé Brut 1er Cru
67% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir 40 years Chalk, Limestone 2 ha
Vertus 1er Cru Millésimé
Blanc de Blancs
Chardonnay 60 years average Chalk, Limestone .80 ha
Vertus Extra Brut 1er Cru “Cuvée du Clos Faubourg Notre Dame” Millésimé
Chardonnay 60 years average Chalk, Limestone .23 ha
* "ha" = hectares; one hectare equals roughly two and a half acres

VITICULTURE / VINIFICATION

• Sustainably farmed, organically fertilized, harvested by hand

• For a long, slow fermentation, the must is fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel cuves

• The lees are stirred regularly

• 70% wine aged in temperature controlled cuve, 30% aged in Burgundian barrels on the lees for 6 months

• The Fournys almost always blend wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation with wines that have not, preferring their blends to have both roundness and freshness


NV Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru:

• ¼ of the cuvée goes through malolactic fermentation
• Ages in bottle for 2 ½ years before release
• Dosage 6 grams/liter (extra brut)
• Current disgorgement: July 2012

NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 1er Cru :

• The same base wine as the NV Brut Blanc de Blancs, but with no dosage
• Current disgorgement: July 2012
• A staff favorite at KLWM
• Current disgorgement: July 2012

NV Brut “Grand Réserve” 1er Cru :

• ¼ of cuvée goes through malolactic fermentation
• Ages in bottle for 2 ½ years before release
• Dosage 6 grams/liter (extra brut)
• Current disgorgement: July 2012

NV “Cuvée R” Extra Brut 1er Cru :

• Vinified in 100% Burgundian barrels (between 3-15 years old)
• Goes through malolactic fermentation
• Not filtered
• Ages for 4 years in bottle before release
• Dosage approximately 3-4 grams/liter
• One of the domaine’s flagship cuvées, named after the Fourny’s father, Roger
• Typically a blend of two vintages to combine richness with finesse
• Current disgorgement: April 2012

NV Vertus “Extra Dry” 1er Cru :

• Ages for 2 ½ years before release
• Dosage approximately 17 grams/liter
• A perfect dessert Champagne
• Current disgorgement: June 2012

NV Rosé Brut 1er Cru :

• 85% Chardonnay, 15% old vine Pinot Noir (still)
• 30% of Chardonnay is reserve wine
• 50% completes malolactic fermentation
• Direct Press
• Cuvée is raised entirely in Burgundian barrels
• Ages in bottle for 2 years before release
• Dosage is 6.7 grams/liter (extra brut)
• Current disgorgement: May 2012

Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Millésimé :

• Produced only in the best vintages from their best Chardonnay vines
• Wine typically does not go through malolactic fermentation, but it depends on the vintage
• Ages for at least 5 years in bottle before release
• Dosage between 5-6 grams/liter (extra brut)
• Vintage 2007: dosage is 4 grams/liter
• Current disgorgement: November 2011

Extra Brut “Cuvée du Clos Faubourg Notre Dame Millésimé” 1er Cru :

• The tête de cuvée of Champagne Veuve Fourny of 100% Chardonnay, all sourced from a small, walled-in clos right next to their winery in Vertus, planted with their oldest vines in pure chalk
• Wine goes through malolactic fermentation, vinified in barrel
• Only released in special years after aging for 9 years in bottle
• Dosage approximately 3 grams/liter
• Incredible capacity for aging
• Current disgorgement: March 2012

General Information

Country
France
Region
Champagne
Appellation(s)
Champagne
Producer
Charles and Emmanuel Fourny
Founded
1856
Annual Production
12,500 cases
Farming
Lutte Raisonnée
Website
http://www.champagne-veuve-fourny.com

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