Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Longitude, NV

$54.99

Longitude is made exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes grown on the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant. This non-vintage cuvée contains 40% of wines coming from the solera begun in 2004. Fresh and floral, this is well-cut and minerally, with finely meshed flavors of apple tarte Tatin, grated ginger, honeycomb, and slivered almond. Rich, yet vibrant throughout.

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Larmandier-Bernier


The story of the Larmandier-Bernier estate goes back centuries, but things really only got interesting after the late 1980s, when Pierre Larmandier took over. He immediately moved towards sustainable (and eventually, biodynamic) viticulture and indigenous fermentation, putting this estate well ahead of the current set of like-minded grower-producers.

Now Larmandier-Bernier is, according writer Peter Liem, "one of the finest producers in the Côte des Blancs", garnering rave reviews not just from Liem but other top critics like Vinous' Antonio Galloni.

The wines are unified stylistically, with chalky cores and delicate, lifted citrus and floral notes that seem drawn in pastel. But there are also strong differences, a testament to the distinct personalities within the Côtes des Blancs.

Details

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Champagne

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Crisp , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied