‘2016 base with 40% reserve wines going back to 2004, disgorged June 2019. Latitude is a 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay from vineyards on the southern side of Vertus. These vineyards are on roughly the same latitude, and the name also hints at the breadth of texture that the wines from these sites (having more clay in the soil) tend to offer up. In the cellar Larmandier uses mostly large format casks (almost all the wood now comes from Stockinger in Austria) and less and less steel tanks. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place without inoculation, and there is no fining or filtration. Bottles are matured over a period of more than two years, disgorged manually and dosed at low, Extra Brut levels, six months before being released.
Pure and mineral, the recent bottlings offer even more texture and stone-fruited depth without sacrificing the cut-diamond precision and citrusy, chalky energy that is a given. In short, it is a classic Larmandier wine that is also all class. Dosage is 4 grams per litre. Extremely versatile at the table, both of the entry cuvées can work with a wide range of dishes from fish, terrines, any chicken dish (particularly lemon chicken) and most cheeses (except blue or really strong washed-rind).’ – Importer’s note