Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Rosé Extra Brut 1er Cru ‘Rosé de Saignée’ Vertus
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Vertus
Pierre Larmandier’s reputation continues on it’s upwards trajectory and La Maison Larmandier Bernier is now perceived as one of the greatest addresses in Champagne. The ingredients for this success are many and varied; biodynamic viticulture, wonderfully old vines, fantastic locations and aspects for the vines, and a non-intervention approach in the winery to mirror the respect for nature in the vineyards. Nothing out of the ordinary on the face of it, but when all elements are joined together the results are little short of outstanding. This is the perfect expression of the purest Chardonnay.
No blending for this single-cru Champagne: Chardonnays only, coming from the vineyard plots of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets situated mid-slope in Vertus, facing south-east. One terroir only and one vintage only.
Vinification and maturation
This technique is rarely used in Champagne: the Pinots are partly destemmed and left to macerate for two to three days before the 'bleeding' is carried out. Then come the natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeast) in an enamel-lined steel vat, the malolactic fermentation and the maturation on the lees for about a year. The bottling takes place end of July.
After being aged a minimum of 2 years in our cellars, the wine is disgorged 6 months before being marketed with a discreet dosage (3 grams of sugar).
“Vintage 2014 released early as NV, this is a terrific expression of youthful pinot noir saignée with a 10% inclusion of co-planted pinot gris fermented in stainless and concrete eggs (20-25%). Delivers chalky minerals, poached pear and strawberries on the nose and palate. Smooth, soft and supple palate texture. Delicious. Made to drink young.”
100% Pinot Noir