Wine Review: Varnier Fannière Brut Grand Cru Champagne

The bottle had drawn my eye many a times when opening the wine refrigerator, but it never seemed to be quite the right day to open it.  I had fallen in love with the Varnier Fannière at last year’s annual Champagne tasting hosted by Federal Wine & Spirits and was holding on to it.  I finally broke down a couple of days ago and delighted in what a wonderful Champagne this is. A real treat! Varnier Fannière is a very small producer. With only four hectacres of Chardonnay grapes (all Grand Cru),  they produce only 2,500 bottles annually. The disgorgement date on the bottle I had was 06.06.2009.

The nose was freshly-baked, buttery brioche, with apple and almond. I couldn’t help but think of Flour Bakery’s incredible and addictive twice-baked brioche everytime I put my nose near the glass. The palate was lemon meringue pie. It had lively acidity, but was still very elegant and rich. The finish was a lingering toastiness.

At Federal Wine & Spirits for $56.99.

PS I did have to chuckle, though, when I looked more closely at the bottle. Anyone remember the Van Halen logo from back in the 80s?  Perhaps the VF logo was inspired by the band, or vice versa?

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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