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  • There's a new name for Larmandier's Cramant cuvée.
  • 2008 was a stunning vintage for this grower.
  • Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale-Straw
Palate The deep root system of the vines combined with Larmandier's macho Cramant terroir contribute to the glowing density of this wine, a wine whose opulent, stone-fruited concentration sits in fascinating contrast with Larmandier's Vertus and Avize cuvées (not to mention wines from Cramant's west facing hill)
Food Pairing Shellfish
Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
Notes There's a new name for Larmandier's Cramant cuvée. Previously called Vieille Vigne du Cramant, the wine now takes its name from the vineyard where the majority of its Chardonnay is sourced, from Bourron du Levant planted in 1960. Larmandier's 0.5 hectares in the village is made up by a smaller 75-year old source in Le Fond du Bâteau. Both vineyards are located on the heart Cramant's south-east facing slope, on the flanks of the Butte de Saran; basking in the first sun rays of the morning these vineyards give particularly rich and powerful grapes.. Quoted in Peter Liem's, Pierre Larmandier notes, "[it's] the same minerality, but Cramant has more power and more body. In Vertus, the minerality is a little more naked." The winemaking across each of Larmadier's single terroir wines is similar - natural fermentation/malo; 12 months on Stockinger barrels, bottled unfiltered - though this cuvée spends minimum of five years in bottle, on lees and disgorged with only 2 grams dosage. 2008 was a stunning vintage for this grower, and the 2008 Vieille Vigne du Levant was disgorged in September 2016 after some seven years on lees.
Variety Champagne
Body Light - Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2008
Region Champagne
Country France
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 12.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Larmandier Bernier
Champagne is a labor of love for Pierre and Sophie Larmandier. They discuss each bottle as though it were a child and keep children in mind, as their ethos is to respect the environment to ensure its health for future generations. The property has been in PierreÕs family since the French Revolution. With vineyards throughout the C™te des Blancs and surrounds, the wineryÕs holdings total fifteen hectares under vine. The biodynamically worked vineyards could be considered old by Champagne standards, as the average vine age is 35 years. The Larmandier-Bernier approach is unique to Champagne; while most producers attempt to create a homogenous blend, their non-conformist attitude is as refreshing as their wines: Òour priority is always the same: to allow the terroir to express itself.ÓIn the winemaking process, low yields contribute to flavor concentration. Hand picked in the vineyards and gently pressed in the winery, each parcel is vinified separately using natural yeasts. The following spring, they taste each parcel repeatedly in order to decide which crus to blend (or not) in order to honor that wineÕs terroir.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.


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