Champagne Larmandier Bernier - Vieilles Vignes du Levant - Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru - Extra Brut - 2010 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
96pts RP: “Disgorged in June 2018, the 2010 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Vieille Vigne du Levant offers up a bright and detailed bouquet of citrus oil, flowers, white peach, warm bread and a delicate top note of walnut oil that's less pronounced than its delicately oxidative 2009 counterpart. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, broad and satiny, with considerable concentration and old-vine extract, concluding with a long and saline finish.” 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 Cote de Blanc's—and Champagne's—finest estates.
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