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Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne de Levant '11 Grand Cru

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This Blanc de Blancs was historically labelled Vieille Vigne de Cramant. Nothing has changed save for the name, which is now inspired by the vineyard where the majority of the grapes are sourced, Bourron du Levant (planted in 1960). The balance comes from a 0.5-hectare holding in the neighbouring terroir of Le Fond du Bâteau (with 75-year-old vines). Both plots are located at the heart of Cramant’s southeast-facing slopes, on the flanks of the Butte de Saran. Basking in the first rays of the morning sun, these vineyards give wonderfully ripe and layered wines. The deep root system of the old vines combines with the terroir to bring a wine of glowing density and opulence. It offers a fascinating, concentrated and stone-fruited contrast to the other Larmandier cuvées (not to mention other producers’ Cramant wines). It remains a super-mineral wine, but here there is more flesh, more weight and more body.

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"This masterful Champagne comes from the superb Bourron du Levant vineyard, whose oldest vines were planted more than 80 years ago. Brown butter, hazelnut and brioche lead the initial attack, but this never loses sight of freshness and purity, with a crystalline depth and harmonious balance. Fermented in cask with eight years on the lees, this should last for decades."

Charles Curtis MW - 95 points

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

The winemaking across each of Larmandier’s single-terroir wines is similar; here it is natural fermentation and malo, 12 months in large Stockinger barrels and no filtration. This cuvée, however, spends at least seven years in bottle on lees (nearly nine years for the 2011). This release was disgorged with only two grams per litre dosage.