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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 "Grand Cru" vines used in the past are still being used today to produce this wine — they are all over 50 years of age. The sugar content is "Extra Brut" (only 3 g/l) and allows the wine to express the elegance and minerality of Avize, Oger and Cramant soils.
This wine is dedicated to the grand-father, Jean FANNIÈRE, who had decided to stop selling his grapes in the 1950’s to produce his own Champagne. Made in the "old-fashioned way", this wine will be delivered to you in a white wooden case, just like Jean used to do it in the old days.
- 94 Points -
Stephan Reinhardt, June 2016
The bright golden colored NV Cuvée Jean Fannière Origine Extra Brut (LJF013), sourced from 60-year-old Chardonnay vines in Cramant Grand Cru, is a classy aperitif, or fish and seafood fizz for ambitious Champagne lovers. After five years on the lees, this Extra Brut (dosage was three grams) offers a very clear and attractively aromatic, but also pure, complex and refreshing mineral bouquet; it shows aromas of lemon and pineapples mixed with chalky and iodine flavors. Full-bodied and dry on the palate, this is a serious, expressive and tension-filled Champagne with a coolish and refreshing character. It has lots of grip in the stimulatingly mineral finish. There are flavors of citrus fruits with the dust of crushed stones, whereas the oysters yet have to be served. It has a silky texture due to the very fine bubbles.See detailed press review