Varnier Fanniere Brut Grand Vintage 2009

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"(AG=94) The highlight in this range, the 2009 Brut Grand Vintage is simply phenomenal. Ample and large-scaled on the palate, the 2009 exudes richness and yet the inherent minerality of Oger and Avize keeps things in check. Yellow stone fruits, orange peel, brioche, smoke, graphite and toasty notes continue to open up in the glass as the wine fleshed out over time. This is a drop-dead gorgeous Champagne from Denis Varnier. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: January 2016. (WS=92) Mouthwatering and expressive, this shows flavors of dried apricot, whole-grain toast, crushed white cherry, candied kumquat and star anise set on the lacy mousse. Firm, chalk-tinged finish. Disgorged April 2015. Drink now through 2026."