Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs ‘Longitude’ NV

£45.50 (75cl)

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SKU: CPLB02NVB

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Sourced from a line of villages on the same meridian: Vertus, Oger, Avize and Cramant, the ‘Longitude’ cuvée (previously called ‘Blanc de Blancs’) alludes to the wine’s great length of flavour, as well as the very pure, frank and mineral style of these great terroirs, where the chalk is very close to the surface. Aged for more than 2 years before disgorgement, as well as for 6 months post disgorgement.

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Superbly fresh and mineral. Perfect as an aperitif, its straightness and its mineral character will whet your appetite. It’s ready to drink now, but may also be laid down for a few years.

About the producer

Averaging 33 years of age, Larmandier-Bernier’s 15 hectares of vineyards lie on the spectacular terroirs of the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, a 1er cru village, as well as the Grand Crus Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize. According to Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, “the creation of a great Champagne, like the creation of any great wine, begins in the vineyard.” This philosophy is why they manage their vineyards biodynamically, harvesting their grapes manually at optimal ripeness to produce extraordinary expressions of each terroir.

Fermentations using natural yeasts in a mixture of stainless steel vats, wooden casks and barrels, together with long, slow ageing at either Brut Nature (0g/l) or Extra Brut (2-5g/l) allows for the clearest of expressions.



Robert Parker Wine Advocate (robertparker.com):

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; indeed, along with Egly-Ouriet's VP bottling, this is one of my two "house" Champagnes. (William Kelley) Points: 93. Issue Date: 30/04/2020

Decanter Magazine (decanter.com):

Lovely classy green-gold colour shouts Chardonnay. Minerals, chalk, a hint of spices, and fine, fine tension in the mouth. Moreish and complete, a fine long wine. SF: Lively and energetic. The palate is spicy and firm with a soft white pepper backdrop. An accessible and ripe style, fresh and poised at the same time. TH: Slightly closed nose with grapefruit. Pretty high-pitched lemon pith notes coming through. It's a little uncompromising and hard for general champagne drinkers maybe, but this is a winner for those who like it honed, dry and persistent. Blind tasted by Michael Edwards, Simon Field MW & Tim Hall Points: 95. Date Tasted: 01/03/2017

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