Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Longitude - Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru - Extra brut - 1500 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Disgorged in December 2018 and based on the 2015 vintage, the latest release of NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Longitude is showing very well indeed, opening in the glass with a classy and youthfully reserved bouquet of lemon oil, freshly baked bread, crisp yellow orchard fruit and wet chalk. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, elegantly textural and concentrated, with racy acids, terrific tension and a pinpoint mousse. This new disgorgement is especially harmonious and complete. Longitude is routinely one of the region's finest values.” 93 points, The Wine Advocate
Since the 19th century, the LARMANDIER family have been cultivating their vines in the premiers and grands crus of the Côte des Blancs. Chalk is the keystone of these great terroirs.
Indeed, among the different production areas of the Champagne appellation, only the Montagne de Reims and the Côte des Blancs are situated on the Campanian chalk which is at the origin of the elegant mineral quality of Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes.
The estate seeks to make wines which express their terroir, with no tricks, believing that a great Champagne, as with any great wine, starts its life in the vineyard. The grapes carry naturally within them all the qualities of authenticity which no human being is capable of inventing. Larmandier-Bernier is lucky enough to be working with very fine terroirs, so it would be a shame not to “bring them to your glass”. In order to achieve this, the estate has rejected the facility of the usual methods in favour of the far more gratifying path of intelligent viticulture. This choice, of trusting nature, was made very early on, long before the current awareness. The inspiration came from Pierre’s very strong desire to make great wines and Sophie’s way of life (respect for the environment and healthy food) which together resounded as self-evident: the couple thus chose to follow this path, which was contrary to the way of working in Champagne at that time.
Grape: 100% Chardonnay from Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant. Non Vintage with 40% from the perpetual reserve created in 2004
The second fermentation takes place and maturation goes on for at least two more years.