LARMANDIER-BERNIER: Bad luck in Champagne

And, of course, here we are with the bad luck in chardonnay country - minus one Celsius is enough to kill the potential future grapes. The two shots were taken by Pierre and Sophie from Champagne Larmandier-Bernier. This grower is based in Vertus, but has a very good mono cru wine from Cramant - maybe one of the best from this cru: This opinion is based on a their Champagne Vieille Vigne de Cramant Blanc de Blancs extra brut 1996 which I emptied recently. Usually this wine goes through a alcoholic fermentation with natural yeast and a malolactic fermentation in barrels and vats. During winter the still wines are left on their lees and are bottled without any blend (mono-cru). Very positive:. The dosage is very low (only two grams per liter). Recommendation: Drink the 2005 and the 2006 vintages or keep them before opening for some time in the cellar. The 1996 vintage was well structured; one could definitely taste the old vines. For more information see Champagne Larmandier-Bernier.

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