Disgorged in September 2017 after some eight years on lees. This Blanc de Blancs was historically labelled as Vieille Vigne de Cramant. Nothing else has changed save for the name, which is now inspired by the vineyard where the majority of grapes are sourced, Bourron du Levant. The vines here were planted in 1960 and the balance comes from a 0.5 hectare holding in the neighbouring terroir of Le Fond du Bâteau (75-year old vines). Both plots are located in the heart of Cramant’s south-east facing slope, on the flanks of the Butte de Saran. Basking in the first rays of the morning sun, these vineyards give wonderfully ripe and layered wines. The deep root system of the old vines combine with the terroir to bring a wine of glowing density and opulence. It offers a fascinating, concentrated and stone-fruited contrast to the other Larmandier cuvées (not to mention other producers’ wines from Cramant’s west-facing hill). Natural fermentation and malo; 12 months in large Stockinger barrels and no fining or filtration. This cuvee spends at least five years in bottle on lees, seven plus years for the 2008, and this release was disgorged with only two grams dosage. 2008 was, in general, a brilliant vintage and, as you might expect, the wines from this producer are thrilling.
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