Larmandier-Bernier Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Longitude (1.5L)

Sparkling from 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.


The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Longitude 1er Cru sizzles with tension and energy. Chalk and limestone soils in the villages of Vertus, Cramant and Oger give birth to a Champagne endowed with so much vibrancy. Citrus, yellow flowers, spice and baked apple tart add aromatic nuance, but it is the wine's pure drive and texture that stand out most. This is a fabulous showing. The current release is based on 2016, with 40% wines from a perpetual reserve that dates back to 2004. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: October, 2019.

94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Nov 2020)

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.

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

Hints of lime blossom and pink grapefruit sorbet are a citrusy thread through this sleek, finely knit Champagne. It's racy and lightly spiced, with flavors of yellow plum and chalky mineral set on the delicate mousse. Drink now through 2025. 4,500 cases made, 150 cases imported.

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

Pierre Larmandier blends this wine from his biodynamically farmed vineyards running along a north-south axis in the Côte des Blancs. He ferments it with ambient yeasts in a mix of old foudres and neutral barrels, later blending in 40 percent from a perpetual reserve he began in 2004. The wine is cool and rich, with briskness in the bubbles and in the buzz of gentle acidity that lends a chalky abrasion to the finish. Its focus and length make it a refreshing companion to grilled fish.

92 points, Wine & Spirits (Dec 2020)