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Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, “Latitude” Extra-Brut Champagne, France MV (750mL)
Hailing from Côte des Blancs’ illustrious and southernmost village of Vertus, Larmandier’s “Latitude” is an outrageously delicious, fully biodynamic blanc de blancs Champagne with zero peers in its price range. Truly, for under $60, there are no arguments or differing opinions to be had: Today’s biodynamic Chardonnay cannot be outmatched! For decades, Pierre has drastically cut yields, focused on minimal intervention, and quietly released flawless, deeply expressive bottlings in minute quantities. Ask Champagne guru Peter Liem and he’ll tell you this is “one of the most sensible and diligent regimes in Champagne,” or you can continue reading and accept what we say at face value: Pierre Larmandier is (1) among the most respected custodians of Chardonnay in the entire region and (2) a full-blown superstar in the realm of grower-producers. Haven’t heard the name before? It’s understandable. Artisanal producers like Larmandier-Bernier don’t have salaried marketers or PR accounts for around-the-globe promotion, instead, Pierre lets his exceptional, small-batch Champagnes do all the talking. It’s from a cluster of vineyards in Premier Cru Vertus, all within the same latitudinal range. Equipped with barrel aging, old reserve wines, and a low dosage which further amplifies the extreme generosity of fruit and supple minerality at play. This is not lean and mean and searingly mineral Champagne! It’s invitingly soft, vibrant, and dangerously hard to put down; a paragon of naturally farmed Chardonnay from an industry-leading grower.
- Sub-RegionPremier Cru Vertus
- SoilChalk & Clay
- OakLarge Format Barrels
- Temp.Serve at 50° F
- GlasswareWide-Mouthed Tulip Stem
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