Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WINE: LARMANDIER-BERNIER Terre de Vertus Brut Non-Dose NV

With my travelling out of the way, it's time to chill out at home for a while before returning. And what better way to spend non-working time by getting stuck into some grower champagne? <--rhetorical question, there is no better way

Larmandier-Bernier holds around 15 hectares of vines spread across grand cru and premier cru plots, with the majority being bio-dynamically farmed. This wine is 100% chardonnay from a vineyard in Vertus and, despite it being listed as a non-vintage, all grapes are from the same vintage (06 in this case). No sugar is added to the wine, making it an excellent expression of the grapes.

A lively bead really pushes the flavours along here. Being non dosage, the minerality and slight savoury saltiness is a key feature of this wine, rounding out all of the flavours and adding a strong body.

It's big on grapefruit and lime, with just a little bit of yeast to beef it up.

A lovely wine and a tremendous expression of the soil and the grapes. It will delight lovers of low dosage blanc de blancs, and impress other champagne drinkers.


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