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Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV

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  • 100% biodynamic Côte des Blancs Chardonnay
  • Just 4 grams per litre dosage so very dry
  • Great intensity and richness from this top grower-producer

‘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

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Antonio Galloni

‘The Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Latitude from Larmandier-Bernier is a powerful, structured wine. Deep and resonant on the palate, the Latitude packs a serious punch. There is no shortage of depth or intensity, that much is clear. Dried apricot, sage, fennel, crushed stone all open up in the glass, adding layers of nuance. Readers should expect an imposing, rich Champagne that will be at its best at the dinner table. Like all of the Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes, the Latitude will offer its best drinking if opened several hours in advance. This release is 60% 2015 and 40% reserve wines. As always, Latitude emerges from clay rich soils that confer breadth. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.’ – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media