2010 Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Vieille Vigne du Levant (1.5L)

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The 2010 Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne du Levant is perfectly balanced, with notes of citrus zest, brioche and bright acidity and energy derived in part from the chalky mineral soils – it's a Grand Cru tour de force delivering incredible value. Pierre and Sophie Larmandier are the force behind Larmandier-Bernier Champagne, producing the exceptional 2010 Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne du Levant Grand Cru Extra Brut from 100% old vine Chardonnay. As grower-producers, the Larmandier’s own 45 acres of vineyards in some of the most prized areas of the Cote des Blanc. With an emphasis on biodynamic viticulture, the grapes for the Levant Cuvee are sourced from 50 plus year old vines located in the Grand Cru village of Cramant, known for producing champagne of great finesse and structure. The 2013 Chemins Grand Cru has the unmistakable intensity and length you would expect from Avize. The non-vintage Champagnes Longitude and Latitude are both Blanc de Blancs and as it may seem the Latitude is broad and elegant while the Longitude is more racy and linear with great length. The Rose is extra Brut, edgy with citrus and floral notes.


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.

96 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 242 - Apr 2019)

From two parcels in Cremant that total one hectare, this has a very chalky nose with lemon biscuit and some attractively oxidative, nutty, savory elements. The palate has a very silky, elegant and contained feel with long, fresh, lightly spiced lemon-biscuit flavors to close. Very complex. Very distinctive. Drink or hold.

96 points, James Suckling (Sep 2019)

The 2010 Extra Brut Vielle Vigne de Levant Grand Cru is a gorgeous wine for drinking now and over the next handful of years. Aging on the cork for nearly eight years yields a Champagne with real nuance and complexity. Apricot, honey, dried herbs and wild flowers all grace this super- expressive Champagne. Light tropical overtones suggest the 2010 is more of a medium-term drinker rather than a long-distance runner. The 2010 is in a beautiful spot right now to deliver maximum drinking pleasure. I would not push my luck on aging though. Pierre and Sophie Larmandier craft the Levant from 50-70-year-old vines in Cramant. The 2010 was fermented 60% in neutral barrique and 40% in foudre, and then aged on the cork. Dosage: 2 gr/L. Disgorged: June, 2018.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Dec 2019)


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