Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude (750ml)

Sparkling from Cote des Blancs, Champagne, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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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.

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The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude 1er Cru is a fabulous introduction to the Larmandier-Bernier wines. It offers a compelling mix of Chardonnay brightness with the breadth and natural resonance that comes so easy from the clay-rich soils that are common in the southern edge of Vertus. Dried lemon peel, chamomile, mint, sage and almond nuances flesh out in this beautifully resonant, expansive Blanc de Blancs. This release is based on 2017, with 40% wines from a perpetual reserve that dates back to 2004. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: October, 2019.

93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Nov 2020)

A tangy overtone of pink grapefruit peel rides the fine mousse in this creamy Champagne. It's layered with a subtle mesh of apricot, lemon thyme and minerally brine and chalk notes. Well-cut and harmonious. Drink now through 2025. 6,000 cases made, 100 cases imported.

92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (Dec 2020)

Based on the 2016 vintage and disgorged in December 2018, the latest release of Larmandier-Bernier's NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude bursts with a generous bouquet of yellow orchard fruit, peach, blanched almonds and white flowers that's less citrusy and stony than the corresponding Longitude. Full-bodied, broad and textural on the palate, it's fleshy and enveloping, with ripe but racy acids and a muscular core of fruit, concluding with an expansive finish. The contrast between the Larmandier's two non-vintage cuvées couldn't be more obvious.

91 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Issue # 248 - Apr 2020)

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