'Latitude' Extra Brut 1er Cru NV
Very dry blend of 100% Chardonnay from Vertus (this is in fact an extra-brut), elegant and pure flavours, making for an interesting contrast to the Egly-Ouriet style. Breathtaking wine at this price. Interestingly, the disgorgement date can be found lasered into the glass of each bottle. L&S (Jan 2007)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles (or 9l equivalent) of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
The latest rendition of NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude is excellent, offering up aromas of lemon oil, wet stones and white flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, bright and precise, with good concentration, racy acids, an ultra-fine mousse and a long, chalky finish. As usual, this is a classy introduction to the Larmandier-Bernier range. Drinking range: 2018 - 2029 Rating: 91 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(May 2019)
Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Extra Brut NV (£34.95, Lea & Sandeman) is a luminous laser-guided passage from 2016 into, let’s hope, a better new year. David Williams, The Observer(Dec 2016)
This is one of my favourite grower Champagnes; it always delivers in terms of price versus quality. This 100% Chardonnay is incredibly elegant and polished with notes of citrus and white flower. The palate opens up to a rich texture balanced by notes of tangerine and citrus. With only 4grams per litre of sugar it is dry, showing purity with an amazing depth and persistance.Christelle Guibert, Decanter(Dec 2016)
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.
A rare opportunity to sample 6 of the finest cuvées from the critically acclaimed Champagne growers & producers Sophie and Pierre Larmandier. They only produce Blanc de Blancs (pur Chardonnay), low-dosage wines made using organic & bio-dynamic techniques. As they control the entire production process, from vineyard to bottle, it means they are able to create exquisite and complex, yet very fine champagnes. We have created a limited number of mixed 6's at a shade off our usual case price discount.
With every man and his wife on the lookout for Champagne 'deals', it is sad that so many people overlook the best 'deals' of all - high quality, grower-made Champagnes, packed with character, and at prices significantly below any of the best prices you might find for Grande Marque Champagnes.
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