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2012 Vertus Rouge Champagne Larmandier-Bernier

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France
ABV 12%

The 2012 Vertus Rouge is pretty, lifted and aromatic, with a lovely center of cherry pit, red plum, smoke and game. Mid-weight and gracious, this is a good example of still Pinot Noir from Champagne. These clay-rich soils in the southern reaches of Vertus give the Pinot Noir a bit more richness and texture than is the case in the north of the village, where the soils turn chalkier. The 2012 was made with partially destemmed fruit and spent 18 months in barrel.
89/100 (Nov 2015)

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Pierre and Sophie Larmandier are determined to make wines as true as possible to their origins in their different vineyards. These are split into around fifty separate parcels spread across the Côte des Blancs in the grand cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize, and the premier cru of Vertus.

All but three of the parcels (representing 0.5 hectares) are farmed using non-officially certified biodynamic methods. Wines are made only from their own 15 hectares of vines, which are on average 33 years old.

Working only with natural yeasts the influence of 'terroir' is all important to the style of his wines, so much so that he uses a minimum 'dosage' (if at all) so as not to mask the wines natural characteristics.

Pierre has recently changed the 'Tradition' cuvée, re-launching it as 'Latitude', and it is now also a Blanc de Blancs, with its origins in the vineyards south of Vertus. The old 'Blanc de Blancs cuvée, which is known henceforth as 'Longitude', comes exclusively from vineyards on the Cote de Blancs itself and is classified Premier Cru'.

The Pinot Noir is now reserved exclusively for Pierre's distinctive dark rosé and for the Vertus Rouge Coteaux Champenois.

This wine isn't currently part of a mixed case, but you can always browse our full selection of mixed cases here.
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