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.
- "Appealing candied berry and citrus aromas. A hint of bread dough and mineral... Though rich, it's lively too, with a smooth texture and lingering finish." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator When to drink 2012 - 2015 ... Learn More
- "The Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes are some of the purest and most utterly engaging wines being made in the region today. I can't recommend them highly enough." - Antonio Galloni. "Bready, complex, mature bouquet, but bright and fresh as well. Very rich, ... Learn More
- 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 ... Learn More
- Terre de Vertus is one of three single-terroir Chardonnay wines produced at this Estate and certainly the most famous. It is from the chalky 1er Cru vineyard plots of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets, situated mid-slope in Vertus. These sites ... Learn More