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Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Vieille Vigne du Levant, 2012

$159.00

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The story of the Larmandier-Bernier estate goes back centuries, but things only really got interesting after the late 1980s, when Pierre Larmandier took over. He immediately moved towards sustainable (and eventually, biodynamic) viticulture and indigenous fermentation, putting this estate well ahead of the current set of like-minded grower-producers.

Now Larmandier-Bernier is, according writer Peter Liem, "one of the finest producers in the Côte des Blancs", garnering rave reviews not just from Liem but other top critics like Vinous' Antonio Galloni.

The wines are unified stylistically, with chalky cores and delicate, lifted citrus and floral notes that seem drawn in pastel. But there are also strong differences, a testament to the distinct personalities within the Côtes des Blancs.

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
Chardonnay
BIODYNAMIC
Certified
VINEYARD
Located in the Grand Cru of Cramant, these Chardonnay vines are 50-70+ years in age and are (uniquely) located on the east-facing side of the Cramant hill. “Levant” references the sun rising (lever) in the east.
SOIL
Chalk and limestone
VITICULTURE
The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
VINIFICATION
Fermented using natural yeasts in a combination of 60% used barriques and 40% used foudres and left on the lees during the winter. Bottled unfined and unflitered, dosage is 2 grams/liter.
AGING
Kept in the cool cellars between 36-48 months, hand disgorged and aged an additional 6 months prior to release. Disgorged by hand: April 2021

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2012

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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