Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, grower Producer (RM) from Vertus
Chardonnay Champagne in rare perfection – indigenous yeasts, hand-riddling, hand-disgorgement, minimal level of dosage
Larmandier-Bernier has been rated as one of Champagne’s top five producers by Andrew Jefford in his celebrated work, The New France : “Few growers’ ranges in Champagne are as consistently outstanding as that of Larmandier-Bernier”.
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier is an exceptional grower-producer and definitely one of the top producers of the Côte des Blancs. The small house had a long history dating back to the French Revolution and today is directed by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, who own just under sixteen hectares in some of the finest villages on the Côte des Blancs: Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize (all Grand Crus), as well as in the fine premier cru village of Vertus.
The Larmandiers produce world class wines that speak of the inimitable terroirs of the Côte des Blancs. They practice a non-interventionalist philosophy in the vineyards with an emphasis on low yields, using biodynamic methods (certified) to produce the finest possible fruit in each vintage; the results are astounding: intense, minerally and exquisite Champagnes to satisfy even the most unforgiving of critics.
An important element is that the underlying terroir is expressed best with very minimal levels of dosage, or - in the case of Terre de Vertus - no dosage at all. Consequently, all of the Larmandier-Bernier wines are Extra Bruts or Zero Dosage. They produce as little as 100’000 bottles a year.