Veuve Fourny, based in the Village of Vetrus in the Cote des Blancs produces charming Champagnes, and the Grand Reserve is an excellent value. In their 5th generation of wine, making Veuve Fourney has been growing vines in Vertus since 1856. The Grande Reserve is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 30+ years old vines. A mixture of premier crus and grand crus of three consecutive vintages, this Cuvee is fermented in oak and spends seven months on the lees before disgorging and finishing with a dosage of 6g/l. An excellent buy for a house pour, and in half-bottle, it is just so easy and fun. The Grande Reserve gives a great impression of the Domaine's rustic yet elegant style, and it is just classic Champagne making at its best.
Antonio Galloni 93 points! "The Brut Grande Réserve 1er Cru is powerful, but also a touch austere, some of that coming from the 20% Pinot Noir in the blend, which adds structure and textural intensity to a core of Chardonnay fruit. Dried flowers, herbs, mint and cherry pit nuances all develop in the glass. The Grande Réserve is a bit less immediately charming than some of the other wines in the range, but it, too, has a lot to offer. Dosage is 6 grams per liter. Disgorged: June 2018."
Burghound 92 points! "A beautifully elegant combination offers a range of citrus and white orchard fruit aromas that are trimmed with nuances of brioche and yeast. By contrast the flavors profile is on the full-bodied side in the context of what is typical for Fourny, all wrapped in a complex, long and agreeably dry and balanced finish thanks to the fine but firm mousse. This is lovely and a wine that could be enjoyed now or held for a few more years first."