100% Chardonnay from Premier Crus vineyards planted in 1982 and 1962, given absolutely no 'dosage', making it an ultra brut, and in Pierre Larmandier's words a true expression of the Vertus 'terroir'. Elegant, restrained, with piercing toasty, citrus flavours and underlying minerality this really is a sensational wine. L&S (Sep 2014)
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100% Chardonnay from 34-year-old and 54-year-old vines in Vertus. 0 g/l dosage. Very complete and satisfying. Nothing out of kilter. Just a great, dry but not painful mouthful of top-quality fruit. Already a delight. Drinking range: 2015 - 2021 Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jul 2016)
Nose of quince and some fig. The palate does not lack for energy, but has a gently spicy character, which appeals. (Recommended, Champagne Nature & Brut Nature Panel Tasting) Drinking range: 2016 - 2017Decanter Magazine (Nov 2015)
Light, bright yellow. Offers an array of lively citrus and orchard fruit aromas and flavors, with chalky mineral and floral notes adding vivacity and lift. The palate boasts excellent clarity and depth, with exotic mace and green tea nuances coming up with aeration. Closes taut and spicy, with echoing floral character and excellent mineral-driven focus and length. Rating: 92 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Dec 2014)
Pierre and Sophie Larmandier and their sons Arthur and now Georges too (joined September 2021) 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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