2013 Terre de Vertus Non Dosé 1er Cru
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 toasty, citrus flavours and underlying minerality this really is a sensational wine. L&S (Nov 2019)
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I would be happy with any of Pierre Larmandier’s wines, such as the even more mature Terre de Vertus 2013, but this one, a top-quality Chardonnay that’s livelier than many a famous grande marque, triumphed unequivocally in a recent blind tasting of champagnes and English sparkling wines.Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2020)
The 2013 Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Terre de Vertus 1er Cru is a tight, edgy Champagne that needs a good bit of air, as it is very reticent today. Readers will find a tight Blanc de Blancs that emphasize the savory, earthy side of Chardonnay. It will be interesting to see if the 2013 softens a bit, but it is pretty austere, just as it was last year. Today, it is pretty reticent. The Terre de Vertus is a blend of fruit from the Les Barillers and Les Faucherets lieu-dits. It was fermented and aged in a combination of barrique and used neutral foudres. Bottled with no dosage and Disgorged: October 2019. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Nov 2020)
Tasted blind in a comparison of champagne and English sparkling wine. 100% Chardonnay. Quite deep gold. Lightly savoury nose. Some evidence of autolysis and real age suggests champagne. Fine mousse and the acidity is not too aggressive. Not too dry either (in fact, it tasted as though there had been some dosage). Relatively complex. Serious champagne? Drinking range: 2019 - 2025 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Nov 2020)
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.
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