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Larmandier-Bernier Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize '13

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The Larmandier family vinify fruit from two tiny plots from at the heart of Avize (Chemin de Plivot planted in 1955, and Chemin de Flavigny planted in 1960) for this cuvée. Both are highly chalky parcels with very little topsoil, and both lie on the lower slopes of Avize (not far from Agrapart and Selosse’s La Fosse vineyard). The winemaking is similar to the other cuvées, save for the use of smaller, neutral barrels for the fermentations, necessitated by the smaller quantities of wine produced. The wines age in bottle for a minimum of five years and are then disgorged by hand with only two grams dosage per litre. It’s a stunning, racy example of Avize, a little deeper than the Terre de Vertus, although more delicate and less fleshy than the Vieille Vigne du Levant.

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Pithy nose with lemongrass and verbena undertones and nuances of coconut and tropical notes. Rich and rounded, creamy, showing finesse. Simon Field MW

If the Larmandier-Bernier family produced technical equipment instead of champagne they would make the best laser-guided tools. This best describes their level of accuracy and just getting it right.

“These wines from Pierre and Sophie Larmandier are exceptional in every way. Larmandier practices a non-interventionalist philosophy in the vineyards with an emphasis on low yields. A similar approach is taken in the cellar, where the wines are fermented with natural yeasts and bottled with low or no dosage in order to exalt the qualities of the sites the estate works with. 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, The Wine Advocate