Veuve Fourny is a family owned domaine which dates back to 1856 abd have been producing champagne under their own label since 1931.
Veuve Fourny is situated in the prestigious Côte des Blancs, in the premier cru village of Vertus. Madame Fourny and her two sons Emmanuel and Charles-Henry have a small holding of 9 hectares of premier cru vineyards, including the single vineyard 'Clos Notre Dame'. No chemicals or fertilisers are used in the vineyards and farming is a synthesis of bio-dynamic and organic, with the average age of the vines being 40 years.
They produce benchmark Blanc de Blancs which are medium-bodied, rich and creamy and have great elegance and style. Emmanuel worked in Burgundy for a number of years and is applying his knowledge of extended lees contact and oak maturation to gain better flavour and uses mostly 208 litre Burgundy barrels. He is also sympathetically working with blocking the malo-lactic in certain percentages of the cuvees to gain some aromatic complexities.
All the Champagnes are aged for a minimum of three years prior to disgorgement and a further 6 months afterwards. Dosages at Veuve fourny are very low; they believe in allowing the terroir to speak through naturally old vines, low yields and excellent grape ripening during harvest. Vertus is substantially higher and colder than nearby Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and that is why the Vertus wines have just a hint of extra acid and floral overtones.
Possessing 30 plots of vineyards with 60 individual parcels, they believe in processing each individual parcel separately to showcase each unique expression. In 2011, in order to facilitate small batch processing a brand new state-of-the-art winemaking facility was built to accommodate their needs, and is now one of the most impressive in all of Champagne. Although a huge investment for a small company, this had little to do with increasing production rather a desire to produce the finest wines possible.