Champagne Larmandier-Bernier Les Chemins d’Avize Grand Cru Extra Brut
Elegant and enticing notes of lemon, quince, honey, anise and white flowers. Dry, vibrant and mineral. It’s really hard to do better than this for a so-called ‘entry level’ champagne.
About the winemaker
The domain Larmandier-Bernier is located in Vertus, in the French region of Champagne. Sophie and Pierre’s vines – about 15 hectares, 33 years old on average – lie on the terroirs of the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, a premier cru village, Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize, all grand cru villages. The vineyard is planted with 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir. The grapes are harvested manually and indigenous yeasts are used for the fermentation. Sophie and Pierre practice biodynamic viticulture and produce superb and highly acclaimed ‘blanc de blancs’ champagne.
|Viticulture and Winemaking|
Dosage: 4 g/l, Each bottle is disgorged manually six months before being marketed, Suitable for vegans, The blending and the bottling are carried out in July, The bottles are then taken down into the coolness of the cellars, where the second fermentation and the maturation quietly take place over a period of more than two years, The natural alcoholic fermentation (natural yeast) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in the casks, wooden vats and stainless-steel tanks, The wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year and undergo gentle lees stirring, but no filtering or fining