Larmandier-Bernier MV "Rosé de Saignée" Extra Brut 1er Cru Champagne, France

Larmandier-Bernier MV "Rosé de Saignée" Extra Brut 1er Cru Champagne, France


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Larmandier-Bernier MV "Rosé de Saignée" Extra Brut 1er Cru Champagne, France

This Rosé is made in the saignée method (contrary to many Rosé  Champagnes which add red wine). The wine is fermented in enamel-lined  stainless steel and aged on the lees over two years, from the estate’s oldest vines planted in the village of Vertus. 100% Pinot Noir.

One of the true gems in Champagne, Larmandier-Bernier is a small grower  estate with fifteen biodynamically farmed hectares in Grand Cru &  Premier Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs. Both the Larmandier and  Bernier families have had a long history in the Champagne region, dating  back to the French revolution, but it was not until the marriage of  Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier in 1971 that Champagne  Larmandier-Bernier was officially established. The small house today is  directed by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who took over the direction of  the family estate in 1988. In 1992, Pierre began to convert the  vineyards over to organic and then to full-blown biodynamic viticulture  in 1999.

Ever the purists, Larmandier-Bernier utilize only indigenous yeasts,  separate vinification for each cru, and little to no dosage for an  unadulterated expression of terroir in their wines. The wines are  vinified in a large, old, wood foudres or smaller Burgundian barrels,  depending on each cru and each vintage with an extraordinary long aging  time on the lies. Reserve wines are kept in stainless steel tanks or  enamel-lined tanks up to 10 years.  Blending is generally done in July  following harvest, and it is at this time that the Larmandiers decide  whether or not their single-vineyard bottlings will be produced.

The Côte des Blancs lies south of Epernay and is the source for many  top cuvée & vintage Champagnes for houses of all sizes. The  vineyards are mostly situated on east facing slopes and 95% of the vines  are the Chardonnay varietal (hence, the Côte des Blancs name). The  soils in the area are typically a thin layer of top soil, beneath which  lies the chalk that gives these wines their unique expression of  minerality and terroir. Wines from this region are generally praised for  their delicacy, freshness, and elegance.   The estate vineyards of Larmandier-Bernier are located in the villages  of Cramant, Chouilly, Oger, and Avize (all Grand Crus) as well as Vertus  (Premier Cru).  Most of the vineyards are planted to Chardonnay, with  about 15% Pinot Noir.  The average age of the vines is 33 years, with  the oldest vines (50-70 years) found in Cramant.

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