Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs ‘Vieille Vigne du Levant’ 2009
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Vertus
Pierre Larmandier’s reputation continues on it’s upwards trajectory and La Maison Larmadier-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.
The old vines of the Levant face south-east and benefit from an exceptional terroir. They are between 56 and more than 80 years old. Their roots go down deep, and the diversity of the old vine stocks contributes to the complexity of the wine. As is the case for the estate’s entire vineyard, they are cultivated naturally so as to obtain perfect ripeness.