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    Champagne Larmandier-Bernier 'Latitude' Blanc de Blancs NV

    Champagne Larmandier-Bernier 'Latitude' Blanc de Blancs NV

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    $88.99
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    $88.99

    2015 base with 40% reserve wines going back to 2004, disgorged in December 2017. Latitude is a 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay The name (as well as a geographical reference to the alignment of its vineyards) hints at the breadth of texture that this wine offers up. In the cellar Larmandier uses mostly large format casks (almost all the wood now comes from Stockinger in Austria) and ever-fewer steel tanks. Pure and mineral, the most recent bottling offers cut-diamond precision, citrusy, chalky energy and a succulent, textured core. In short, it is a classic 'Larmandier' wine that is all class.

    Producer

    Like Egly-Ouriet and Selosse, Larmandier-Bernier has been rated as one of Champagne’s top 5 producers by Andrew Jefford in his celebrated work, The New France, [Mitchell Beazley]. This estate is meticulously run by Pierre Larmandier and his wife Sophie. Pierre’s family have owned vineyards in the Côte des Blancs since the Revolution. The estate is now 15 hectares, predominantly in Vertus, at the Southern tip of the Côte des Blancs, yet there are also holdings in Cramant, Chouilly, Oger & Avize. The vineyards are biodynamically worked (almost unheard of in Champagne) and the average age of the vines is 35 years (most Champagne vineyards are considered 'old' and due for replanting at 25 years). Yields are kept very low by Champagne standards, 50 hl/ha on average. In the winery the approach is classic "minimalist" with indigenous yeasts, long, slow ferments of up to two months and very little sulphur. A mixture of fermenting vessels are utilised including large oak vats and even barriques. Very low dosage levels too and the dosage is designed to be as neutral as possible. Sometimes, as is the case in the "Terre de Vertus" there is no dosage at all. In other words, everything is designed to maximise the expression of the vineyard, commune and vintage. The resulting wines are wonderful expressions of their origins, fine and delicate, yet with and a mineral intensity that keeps you coming back, sip after sip. Peter Liem (champagneguide.net) has written: "Larmandier-Bernier is one of the finest estates in the Côte des Blancs, producing wines of unusual detail and clarity of expression. The style is for champagnes that are dry, minerally and terroir-driven, emphasizing purity and finesse over richness or sheer power."Such purity and minerality could only come from the man that Laurent d'Harcourt, MD of Pol Roger, recently dubbed "The Ayatollah of quality" and his impeccably tended vineyards.

    View from the hill over the Côte des Blancs. The vineyard is 20 years Biodynamic.

    Region

    Champagne is a region that has undergone profound change in the last few decades. We are finally treating it as a wine instead of a celebratory splurge, the farming has improved exponentially and the explosion of grower Champagnes has lead to increased diversity of style across the region. Of course the ‘Grand Marques’ remain and their prestige cuvees still command a premium, but at the grower end of the spectrum, great purity and value can be found wherever you look. It has always been a region where blending across different vineyards to achieve a house style had been refined to an artform, despite the profundity of Krug’s Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay, many Champenois consider their Grand Cuvee to be their greatest wine. That said, today we are seeing an increasing number of single-vineyard wines and the deep-dive into the regions terroir such as the exciting Côteaux Sud d'Epernay continues. Local Knowledge: A visit to Jacques Selosse and a meal at their restaurant, ‘Les Avisés’ is akin to a religious experience.

    Specifications

    • Varieties

      Chardonnay
    • Vintage

      NV
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml
    Biodynamic

    Food Pairings & Recipe

    Food Pairing

    Lobster rolls

    Lobster rolls with Simon Johnson

    INCREDIENTS

    8 Brioche Slider Rolls, allow 2 per person
    2.5 cups Lobster Meat, diced, approximately 1kg lobster will yield this amount
    4 Celery Stalks, finely sliced
    3 tbsp Chopped Chives, plus extra for garnish
    120 g Lescure Butter, Melted
    3 tbsp Simon Johnson classic mayonnaise
    Tasman Sea Salt, to taste
    30 g Black Pearl Caviar, to serve
    Dill Sprigs, garnish

    METHOD

    1. Slice into the center of each brioche roll and set asideIn a large mixing bowl add the lobster, celery stalks, mayonnaise, melted butter & chives.
    2. Stir mixture until all the ingredients are combined, season to taste with the sea salt.
    3. Spoon a generous amount of mixture into each roll and top with extra chives and dill to garnish.
    4. Serve caviar alongside lobster rolls, dollop a small quenelle into each before serving for an extra touch of luxury.

    Serve caviar alongside lobster rolls, dollop a small quenelle into each before serving for an extra touch of luxury

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    Regular price
    $533.94
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    Case(s) of 6
    $88.99 per bottle
    $88.99 per bottle