LARMANDIER-BERNIER 'Longitude' Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1er Cru

Grapes Chardonnay
Colour White
Origin France, Non Vintage
District Champagne
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 12.5%

This is a touch more full bodied than the Tradition, even though it is 100% Chardonnay, with some evolved notes yet still very elegant and long. Now labelled as 'Longitude.'

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An all-Chardonnay Champagne from one of the best growers in the Côte des Blancs, this stylish fizz shows an elegant nuttiness of aroma followed by a finely-textured purity of flavour and the rich creaminess of mousse that's consistent with fine Chardonnay, finishing on a bone dry note thanks to a relatively low dosage of just four grams per litre.
92/100 (Jun 2016)

Wonderful balance and refreshment factor. Not mean at all but with great refinement. Tiny bead. Sophisticated and subtle. 12.5%
17 (May 2015)

A big, ample Champagne, Larmandier-Bernier's NV Longitude wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and textural richness. Apricot pit, almonds, wild herbs, honey and crushed flowers are some of the notes that meld together on the creamy, expressive finish. The Longitude is made mostly from parcels in the northern sector of Vertus, although 30% of the fruit is sourced from parcels in Cramant, Avize and Oger. This release is based on the 2011 vintage, with 40% reserve wines from 2007. Disgorged September 2013. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.
92/100 (Nov 2014)

Notes plus évoluées avec une touche d'oxydation. Matiere en bouche vineuse, notes de grillé en finale. Pour la table.

The Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru is elegance personified. Smoke, minerals, chalk, and pears emerge as this generous yet subtle wine opens up in the glass. Sweet floral notes develop with air, but minerality is this wine's calling card, particularly on the finish, which is incredibly elegant and refined. Simply put, this is gorgeous juice. Though labelled as Premier Cru, only the fruit from Vertus is premier, while all of the fruit from Cramant, Avize and Oger in the blend is Grand Cru. The blend is 60% 2005 wine, with the addition of 40% reserve wine from 2004 and 2002.


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.

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