Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Vieilles Vignes du Levant - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - Extra Brut - 2010 - 750 ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
A deep, intense wine
This is a Champagne which should be tasted for its own qualities as an aperitif, to accompany poultry with morels, and this cuvée will happily stand its ground with dishes cooked in cream. It must be allowed time to open up, so that you can appreciate its power, complexity and exceptional length. It should be kept for two years (it will gain in depth) and much longer, even, if that’s how you like it.
Biodynamic since 2004, the Larmandier-Bernier family cultivates a total of 15 hectares in the grand and premier cru villages of Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant and Chouilly. All the cuvees are connected to specific terroirs and thus represent different characters.
In the 1990s, Pierre Larmandier and his wife Sophie began to work the soils of their vineyards and abandoned the use of herbicides, moving toward organic and then biodynamic farming.
Pierre's father had always advocated picking mature fruit, and with the new farming methods, the wines became almost too concentrated and tightly wound, he relates. So, changes in the winery followed suit: fermentation in wood—foudres, demi-muids and barrels (today, mainly from Stockinger)—instead of stainless steel, and the use of ambient instead of selected yeasts.
Today, Larmandier-Bernier numbers among the Côte de Blanc's—and Champagne's—finest estates.
From: France, Champagne
Variety: Chardonnay from Cramant