Une Famille, Un Clos, Un Premier Cru. Essentially what Veuve Fourny & Fils is saying is they recognize the importance of family, the privilege of a walled vineyard, and the excellence of terroir. Since 1856 this family of vignerons has been working their premier cru vineyards in the village of Vertus and passing the reins to their children upon retirement. In 1993 the current generation was put in charge and brothers Charles-Henry and Emmanuel Fourny farm almost nine hectares of vines with the focus of growing “pedigreed fruit, adhering to high standards, and showcasing the chalky terroir of their region.” The Grande Réserve 1er Cru is a blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from 40-year old vines. About one quarter of the cuvée goes through malolactic fermentation and then ages in bottle for 2.5 years before release. This current disgorgement is primarily from the 2011 vintage with spots of the 2010, 2009, and 2008 included.