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Larmandier-Bernier ,Terre de Vertus, Premier Cru

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Region: Champagne
Refined Region: Vertus
Grape Varieties:
Chardonnay 100% Colour: Champagne
Alcohol Level: 12.5%
Production Style: Biodynamic
Closure: Champagne Cork

Availability: In stock


Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
100% Chardonnay from Premier Crus vineyards planted in 1982 and 1962, given absolutely no 'dosage', making it an ultra brut, and in Pierre Larmandier's words a true expression of the Vertus 'terroir'. Elegant, restrained, with toasty, citrus flavours and underlying minerality this really is a sensational wine. The natural alcoholic fermentation (natural yeast) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in casks, wooden vats and stainless-steel tanks. The wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year and undergo gentle bâtonnages, but no filtering or fining. If the year merits it, this cuvée will be bottled in July without any blend with other years - it is a vintage - or other terroirs - it is a single vineyard.
Then the bottles are then taken down into the coolness of the cellars, where the second fermentation and the maturation 'on laths' quietly take place over a period of at least 4 years. Each bottle is disgorged manually 6 months before being marketed. This wine is non dosé (no sugar added), in order to respect its purity from beginning to end.

The Domaine
One of the true stars of the Champagne region, Larmandier-Bernier is a small, top class producer creating consistently excellent Champagne. The small house at the forefront of the movement towards 'Growers-Producers' in Champagne is directed by husband and wife team, Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who took over the direction of the family estate in 1988. In 1992, they began to convert the vineyards over to organic and then to full-blown biodynamic viticulture in 1999. Larmandier-Bernier uses only indigenous yeasts, separate vinification for each cru, and little to no dosage for an unadulterated expression of terroir in their wines. The wines are vinified in a variety of stainless steel tanks; large, old, wood foudres; enamel-lined tanks; or smaller Burgundian barrels, depending on each cru and each vintage. Blending is generally done in the spring following harvest, and it is at this time that the Larmandiers decide whether or not their singleb- vineyard bottlings will be produced. A purist, Pierre Larmandier, like all quality-conscious winemakers around the world, believes in keeping the human input to a minimum and letting the terroir speak volumes. The results are astounding: intense, minerally and exquisite Champagnes.

"Powerful, complex with many nuances or aroma and flavour it's a great expression of terroir incredibly rich for a wine without dosage."
The World's Most Admired Champagne Brands, Drinks International, May 2015

"The Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Nature Terre de Vertus features notes of chalkiness, lime peel and flowers that recall a great Sancerre. This medium-bodied Champagne reveals a focussed personality, with notable energy and freshness to spare on the finish. I found it hard to move on to the next wine. In a word: awesome." 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Food Pairing
An ideal Champagne to begin a meal, its purity will provide a delicate accompaniment for oysters, its richness will even vie with a few slices of Pata Negra. You can drink it now or also keep it for several years.