Larmandier Bernier Rose De Saignee Brut 1er Cru Nv Champagne
1 or more bottles$230.00
Antonio Galloni93 points
A rosé de saignée is made by directly macerating Pinot Noir. This method of vinification is more demanding and requires grapes with an excellent degree of maturity. Base year is 2013 and the disgorgement date is Jan 2016.
A very bright colour provides loads of red fruit on the nose. This is a powerful wine that flows onto the palate with an expression of bright red fruit. This compelling, totally seductive wine possesses awesome richness and vibrancy, with layers of aromas and flavors that continue to develop in the glass all the way through to the long, intensely satisfying finish.
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"The NV (2008) Extra Brut Rose de Saignee boasts considerable focus and the pure energy of the 2008 harvest. Not unexpectedly, it is a cool, inward wine today, but it should blossom beautifully with time in the glass. Sweet floral notes wrap around the intense finish. This is a gorgeous Rose, but readers will need to be patient. Personally, I like the wiry style very much. This is Lot# LR80910. Disgorged: September, 2010. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. (Tasted: November 2011)"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.
Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.
A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.
Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.
Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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About the brand Larmandier Bernier
Champagne is a labor of love for Pierre and Sophie Larmandier. They discuss each bottle as though it were a child and keep children in mind, as their ethos is to respect the environment to ensure its health for future generations. The property has been in PierreÕs family since the French Revolution. With vineyards throughout the C™te des Blancs and surrounds, the wineryÕs holdings total fifteen hectares under vine. The biodynamically worked vineyards could be considered old by Champagne standards, as the average vine age is 35 years. The Larmandier-Bernier approach is unique to Champagne; while most producers attempt to create a homogenous blend, their non-conformist attitude is as refreshing as their wines: Òour priority is always the same: to allow the terroir to express itself.ÓIn the winemaking process, low yields contribute to flavor concentration. Hand picked in the vineyards and gently pressed in the winery, each parcel is vinified separately using natural yeasts. The following spring, they taste each parcel repeatedly in order to decide which crus to blend (or not) in order to honor that wineÕs terroir.