Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut Vertus NV

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Rosé
Origin France, Champagne
Other Bio-dynamic, Certified Organic
Village Vertus
ABV 12.5%

This is a genuine 'rosé de saignée' made only from Pinot Noir. Grapes are destemmed and left to macerate for about two days before the juice is bled off for fermentation. The wine is matured on the lees over winter, and after being aged in the cellars is given only a very discreet 'dosage' (3 grams of sugar). Full bodied, elegant and very pure flavours. L&S (Jan 2007)

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Certified organic and biodynamic. Fruit from Vertus. A very dark colour – almost red. Roses and rose-hip fragrance. This is exactly like the love child of Chiaretto and vermouth. Bitter orange, sour cherry, maraschino, blood orange and cinnamon. Nothing delicate about this spirited, audacious wine. Thrilling. Drinking range: 2024 - 2030 Rating: 17.5 Tamlyn Currin - (May 2024)

The NV (2020) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée is a pretty wine. Cinnamon, spice, crushed rose petals and dried herbs all grace this nuanced, understated Champagne. In this release, the Rosé is distinctly aromatic and savory (although it was done with fully destemmed fruit). The blend also incorporates 10% Pinot Gris and, of course, the hand of the current generation, brothers Arthur and Georges Larmandier. The 2020 is decidedly on the lighter side for this bottling. Dosage is 2 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2023. Drinking range: 2023 - 2030 Rating: 92 Antonio Galloni, (Nov 2023)

15% Pinot Gris, 85% Pinot Noir from Vertus in 2019, from a single co-planted plot. This is a standout saignée, bursting with dried strawberry, cherry and bitter herbs, fragrant with baking spices and peppery, sweet savoury touches. Super invigorating, juicy and joyous, this is irresistible. Tom Hewson Rating: 94 Tim Atkin MW, (Dec 2022)

Champagne Larmandier-Bernier

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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