Larmandier-Bernier Longitude Champagne Cru Brut
Wine from France, Champagne
Previously, this cuvée had gone under the name of “Blanc de Blancs” since the beginning of the 20th century.
It is made exclusively from our Chardonnays grown on the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant, which form a line close to the 4th meridian. “Longitude” is also an allusion to the length and the very pure, frank and mineral style of these great terroirs, where the chalk is very close to the surface.
For this cuvée, the grapes were harvested by hand in 2009 and blended with 40% of reserve wines made in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.
VINIFICATION and MATURATION
The natural alcoholic fermentation (natural yeast) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in our casks, our wooden vats and our stainless-steel tanks. The wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year and undergo gentle bâtonnages, but no filtering or fining. The blending and the bottling are carried out in July. The bottles are then taken down into the coolness of our cellars, where the second fermentation and the maturation ‘on laths’ quietly take place over a period of more than 2 years. Each bottle is disgorged manually 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is 4 grams per litre (extra-brut!).
A message from the winery
In the beginning, the soil and the vine…
Our work and our passion: to get the very best from them and preserve this earth for our children.
We haven’t chosen the easy road of common practices, but the much more gratifying way of cultivating the vine wisely.
In search of wines free of artifices…
Pierre and Sophie Larmandier