Larmandier-Bernier is rated as one of Champagne’s top 5 producers by Andrew Jefford in his celebrated work, The New France, [Mitchell Beazley]. This estate is meticulously run by Pierre Larmandier and his wife Sophie. Pierre’s family have owned vineyards in the Côte des Blancs since the Revolution. The estate is now 15 hectares, predominantly in Vertus, at the Southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. Biodynamically worked, the average age of the vines is 35 years and yields are kept very low by Champagne standards, 50 hl/ha on average.
In the winery the approach is classic “minimalist” with indigenous yeasts, long, slow ferments of up to two months and very little sulphur. A mixture of fermenting vessels are utilised including large oak vats and even barriques. Everything is designed to maximise the expression of the vineyard, commune and vintage. The resulting wines are wonderful expressions of their origins, fine and delicate, yet with and a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip.
Pack contains 1 bottle each of the following, plus a copy of Robert Walter’s superb book “Champagne – A Secret History” RRP $25.
Fragrant, lightly honeyed, touches of oat, citrus and green apple, some cinnamon and light floral notes too. Cool and fresh, lightly sweet fruit character then whipped away with citrus and minerally feel. Beautiful wine here, vinous expression but very clean and cool, perfectly seasoned with savoury character and vibrant to drink. 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Scents of just ripe stone fruit, talc, faint honey and toast, a light caramel note too, all adding up to quite subtle and pretty. Creaminess in texture with very fine bead, vivacious and fresh-tasting with lovely salty-chalky feel very present through the wine and to the powdery, lightly puckering finish. Vinous in a way, gently savoury throughout, exceptionally long and runs with so much energy. Beautiful. 95 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front