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Larmandier-Bernier Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru NV

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  • Made from 100% Pinot Noir using the rare and complex 'saignée' method
  • Grower Champagne farmed biodynamically
  • Naturally fermented with a portion in a concrete egg

‘2017 vintage, disgorged in October 2019. Saignée literally means ‘to bleed’. In winemaking parlance it means to draw the free-run juice of a grape off the grape skins typically prior to, or shortly after, the start of fermentation. In this case, the grapes (100% Pinot Noir) are allowed to macerate for several days before the juice is drawn off and it is this ‘soak’ that gives the colour and much of the body and flavour to the wine. This technique is now extremely rare in Champagne–it is a demanding method of vinification that requires grapes with an excellent degree of maturity. Hence most rosé (in Champagne) is made by the addition of a little red wine. Vive la difference!

Cut from the same cloth as previous releases, the 2017 vintage bottling is drawn entirely from what is thought to be the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Vertus, and one of the very last 100% Pinot vineyards. As with all of Larmandier’s wines it’s naturally fermented. Larmandier raises part of this cuvée in a Nomblot concrete egg and partly in stainless steel (and more recently he has been trialling amphora as well). It’s one of Champagne’s wow wines–a wine repeatedly compared to a Chambolle-Musigny; a wine that can stop drinkers in their tracks.’ – Importer’s note

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Antonio Galloni

‘Larmandier-Bernier’s (2015) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée just sensational. In 2015 the Rosé is endowed with stunning depth, richness and explosive aromatic intensity. Over the last few vintages, the Larmandier’s have moved their Rosé away from the dark, overt wines of the past to a style that emphasizes focus and cut. Those qualities come through loud and clear in a Champagne that sizzles with tension. A whole range of floral and savory overtones punctuate the striking finish. The 2015 is simply magnificent. Run, don’t walk. Dosage: 3 gr/L.’ – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (2015 base vintage)

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Mike Bennie

‘Quite a rich, powerful style, though you’d use the word ‘elegant’ too. It feels very ‘pinot noir’, quite vinous, cherry and spice to the fore, almost powerfully. Character and detail here. Licks of cherry, berry, touch of balsamic lift, some nuttiness and good dose of vivacious bubbles. Feels unfettered, pure, energetic. Outstanding wine.’ – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front