Larmindier Bernier Longitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
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Larmindier Bernier Longitude Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Regular price $85.00
The name here refers to the "vertical" nature of the geographic locations of the vineyards as well as capturing the more linear, mineral style of the finished wine. While Latitude is expansive across the palate, Longitude is all about linearity and raciness. This is again 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, yet this time the vineyards are all north of the village of Vertus, where the topsoils are much thinner and the vines plunge straight into the chalky bedrock. To be specific, the vineyards are located in Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Vertus (north of the village). Connecting the dots between these communes forms a line close to the 4th meridian. Hence Longitude. The winemaking is effectively identical to that of the Latitude. As you might expect, being also a Blanc de Blancs sourced from the same vineyards, this is very close in style to previous releases. Expect a vibrant, crystalline and remarkably refined Champagne, crackling with chalky energy and bright, citrus and nectarine fruit. 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. As with the Latitude cuvee, Longitude is dosed with very low 3-4 grams per litre (extra brut).

"Purity of white peach and preserved lemon is impressive, with the complexity and depth of a lesser vintage base already building spicy notes of toast and fig. As always, it is the tremendous minerality of these terroirs that is most impressive, gliding long and seamless from start to finish. A complex and creamy blanc de blancs of great depth upholding lively acid tension on a very long finish." 95 points, Tyson Stelzer, The Champagne Guide 2014-2015

"Bright straw. Intensely perfumed bouquet displays aromas of green apple, Anjou pear and quinine, plus a strong chalky mineral overtone. Spicy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are complemented by deeper notes of sweet butter, toasty lees and anise, gaining power with air. Impressively focused on the finish, with strong mineral cut and lingering spiciness." 92 points, Josh Reynolds, Vinousmedia.com

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