Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Terres de Vertus - Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru - Non Dose - 2014 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“Terre de Vertus comes from the poorer chalk soils north of Vertus and is full of energetic vibration.
From a single vineyard - Les Barillers - that has been free of chemicals for decades.” 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.
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