I also enjoyed Larmandier-bernier whose Brut Nature Terre de Vertus is the best-balanced non-dosage Champagne I have tasted in quite some time. Well-aged but not old, nothign austere, the gentle mousse leading to a gently creamy-rich finish. Rating: 18.5 Tom Stevenson (Sep 2014)
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Smells quite mature. Tight knit and complex. Very satisfying despite the lack of added sugar. Really dense and intellectual. A fair price if this is the sort of champagne you’re after. (Krugish.) Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com
Dry to the point of austerity, or 'ultra brut' as they say in France. Bracing. Piercing. Mineral. Extreme. 100% Chardonnay. Real drive and energy.Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph
A 2006 in all but name. Fine scents of nature, linden, white flowers. Brisk chardonnay drive, perfectly balanced. Decanter June 2011 Very Dry Champagne Report. 17 points Rating: **** Decanter Magazine
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. All of their Champagnes are the purest expressions of Chardonnay.
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.
Awarded the Robert Parker Green emblem in July 2021.
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