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Denis Varnier is a young vigneron in Champagne making tiny quantities of wine from Grand Cru vineyards. The history of the estate dates back to 1860, when the Fannière family began growing grapes and selling them to the Champagne negociant houses. It was only in 1950 that the family started producing Champagne under their own name. In 1989 Denis Varnier took over the vineyards and the house we know today was born. Varnier-Fannière's domaine is tiny, just 4 hectares of exclusively Grand Cru...
The wine displays a pale pink color, combining amber and ruby reflections. The nose is dominated by aromas of fresh red berries, blackberries, and currant. The lively, perfectly balanced attack on the palate is reminiscent of Pinot Noir’s strong character. It ends on a long, elegant, and powerful finish. This Champagne is ideal as an aperitif or with red fruit desserts.
Rosé Grand Cru is a unique wine that combines the elegance of Chardonnay grapes (90%) with the power and fruitiness of Pinot Noir grapes (10%) from the village of Ambonnay, one of Champagne’s historic Grand Cru villages.
- 93 Points -
Disgorged in April 2016, the NV Brut Grand Cru Rosé wafts from the glass with aromas of warm bread, waxy citrus rind and crisp green apple, with the wine's 90% Chardonnay from Avize and Cramant seemingly gaining the upper hand over its 10% Ambonnay Pinot Noir as the wine matures on cork. On the palate, it's full-bodied, broad and vinous, with a delicate, pinpoint mousse, a fleshy core of fruit and a nicely defined, saline finish. This is the broadest-shouldered of Varnier-Fannière's rosé releases reviewed in this report, but in its more powerful register, it shares the elegance that distinguishes them.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Spring blossom and saffron notes accent crushed white raspberry, toast and pastry cream flavors in this vibrant rosé Champagne, with a fine, creamy mousse. Mouthwatering finish...See detailed press review