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Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Vieilles Vignes du Levant - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - Extra Brut - 2011 - 750 ml

Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Vieilles Vignes du Levant - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - Extra Brut - 2011 - 750 ml

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“I'm increasingly convinced that Pierre Larmandier produced Champagne's wines of the vintage this year, and the 2011 Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Vieille Vigne du Levant only compounds that suspicion. Unfurling in the glass with a deep and complex nose of citrus zest, crisp yellow apples, smoke, warm bread, mandarin oil and oyster shell, it's full-bodied and fleshy but incisive, with huge concentration, bright acids and a long, intensely saline finish. Totally transcending the reputation of 2011, it has many of the textural properties of a great white Burgundy, married with the cut and chalky grip of Champagne's Côte de Blancs.”

William Kelley, The Wine Advocate


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.


Producer: Larmandier-Bernier

From: France, Champagne

Color: White

Type: Sparkling

Sweetness: Dry

Variety: Chardonnay