Since the 19th century, the LARMANDIER family have been cultivating their vines in the premiers and grands crus of the Côte des Blancs. Chalk is the keystone of these great terroirs.
Indeed, among the different production areas of the Champagne appellation, only the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs are situated on the Campanian chalk which is at the origin of the elegant mineral quality of Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes.
The estate seeks to make wines which express their terroir, with no tricks, believing that a great Champagne, as with any great wine, starts its life in the vineyard. The grapes carry naturally within them all the qualities of authenticity which no human being is capable of inventing. Larmandier-Bernier is lucky enough to be working with very fine terroirs, so it would be a shame not to “bring them to your glass”. In order to achieve this, the estate has rejected the facility of the usual methods in favour of the far more gratifying path of intelligent viticulture. This choice, of trusting nature, was made very early on, long before the current awareness. The inspiration came from Pierre’s very strong desire to make great wines and Sophie’s way of life (respect for the environment and healthy food) which together resounded as self-evident: the couple thus chose to follow this path, which was contrary to the way of working in Champagne at that time.