Our Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne ‘Les Chemins d’Avize’ 2014 really is something else. Let us take you on a sparkling journey around our Champagne house Larmandier-Bernier …
Champagne Larmandier-Bernier is a Champagne house in Vertus, just south of Reims, producing acclaimed wines from Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards. It was founded by Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier in 1971. The Larmandier and Bernier families have an impressive winemaking history dating back to the French Revolution. Indeed, the Larmandier family is credited with helping to raise the profile of the Côte de Blancs region. Pierre Larmandier took over the reins of the estate in 1988.
This exceptional vintage Champagne is a great way to end and start the year, as it’s organic and vegan, originating from two ‘vieilles vignes’ vineyards in the heart of Avize, the grapes are pressed gently, the juices are clarified very slightly and then go directly into wood. The natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeasts) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in the Stockinger (Austrian) casks and vats. The wines are matured on the lees during their first year, with no filtering or fining being carried out. The bottles are taken down into the coolness of the cellars and stacked on lattes, the second fermentation takes place and the maturation continues slowly for at least 5 more years. Each bottle is disgorged by hand 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is only 2 g/l (extra brut) in order to communicate terroir.
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