Chouilly, Côte Des Blancs

Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Brut Champagne Chardonnay 2010

So delicious and characterful 🍾🍾🥂🥂

Some notes after we visited this Champagne Grower-Producer last fall:

>>>>>>

This is a family-owned and managed winery, responsible for growing all of the grapes used to produce their champagne. 🍇

All of their vineyards are located in Premier Cru and Grand Cru villages within the Côte des Blancs. The Côtes des Blancs appellation is known especially for Chardonnay grapes, which tend to have a lighter, more delicate style of wine. Larmandier-Bernier’s blends are made predominantly from Chardonnay with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier playing supporting roles. 🌸🌸

We had a tour of the cellar and winemaking facilities. Most of Larmandier-Bernier’s wines are vinified in Austrian (delicately toasted) oak vessels of various sizes. 🪵

These vessels allow a little oxygen to interact with the wine, which can enhance richness, development of aromas/ flavors, and complexity. The wines also undergo malolactic fermentation for some of the same reasons, but also to soften the acidity, given Chardonnay is a neutral grape and can have higher acidity in a cool climate like Champagne. 👍👍

The vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically, in fact this family was one of the first to bring biodynamic farming practices to the region after experiencing delicious wines made using these practices from Alsace.

Our favorite wine of the tasting was the 2015, non-dosage, Terre de Vertus - it was so unique; a beautiful wine with a lot toasty, brioche, almond, marzipan, and round orchard fruit notes. 👏👏👏

>>>>>>>>

Now we’re tasting the 2010 Vintage Terre de Vertus and we’re equally enthralled. SO DELICIOUS.
— 5 days ago

Deked1
with Deked1
Deked1, Eddie and 27 others liked this
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Andrew Schirmer One of our favorites!!
Severn Goodwin

Severn Goodwin Influencer Badge Premium Badge

Wonderful notes 🤗
Vanessa

Vanessa

@Severn Goodwin 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thank you! And cheers!! 🥂🥂

Larmandier-Bernier

Terre de Vertus 1er Cru Brut Nature Champagne Chardonnay

Definitely ordering this ASAP! Somehow smooth and dry, but not overly dry. Great, great find! — 17 days ago

Veuve Fourny & Fils

Brut Rosé Vertus Champagne Blend

LOVELY, elegant, brut, rosé Champagne made with 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir grapes, hailing predominantly from the Premier Cru Village of Vertus, along with other Premier Crus.

Light pink hue, like these spring tulips 🌷, with a fine mousse, and nose of raspberry, yellow apple, white blossom, almond, biscuit, brioche, and wet stone. The palate is consistent with the nose.
— a month ago

Deked1
with Deked1
Deked1, Romain and 11 others liked this

Lilbert-Fils

Cramant Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2017

Fruits blancs, pommes, très frais, bulles fines, un petite touche crémeuse, délicieux. 92-93
Gorgeous Champagne, creamy, tight bubble, fresh and classy.
— 3 days ago

Daniel, Jean-Philip and 6 others liked this

Stéphane Coquillette

Carte d'Or 1er Cru Brut Champagne Blend

On the nose green apple, lemon frosting. Then the palate is light, effervescent, with flavors of Cantelope, pear, and Apple. No heavy yeastiness. This is what woodland fairies would drink.  — a month ago

Parviz Ghavamian
with Parviz

Guy Larmandier

Signé François Vieilles Vignes Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2008

Quite good. Powerful, pungent, oxidative. Long acids through the finish. More time would certainly not hurt, but drinking very well now. — 20 days ago

Ted, Andrew and 18 others liked this

Henri Germain et Fils

Les Perrières Meursault 1er Cru Chardonnay 2017

Floral et fruits blancs au nez, une bouche équilibrée toute en finesse, classe et élégance, sans être riche, possède une très belle texture, super bon en ce moment.92-93

Some floral and white fruit hints in the nose, very balanced wine with classe and elegance, finesse rather then weight but still has enough richness, very good right now.
— 3 days ago

Eric, Daniel and 6 others liked this

Lilbert-Fils

Perle Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne Chardonnay

Tasting this again and it’s even better the second time around. Medium gold with sparse, teeny tiny bubbles. Exquisite creaminess and richness which surpasses the effervescence. The nose is a bit stunning with light touches of warm, toasty bread and lychee. Lovely citrus fruit is a constant and consistent throughout this Blanc de Blancs. White blossoms and lemon zest. Slivered almonds as a faint whisper. Intoxicating.

Produced at a lower pressure than the majority of champagnes and aged for three years, this is a wine of pure finesse. It’s so elegant and magisterial. So smooth and delicate. Pure Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and three Grand Cru villages of Cramant, Chouilly, and Oiry. Based mainly on the 2015 vintage with the balance from the previous, there is a definite sense of maturity here.

Fresh, fruity and graceful on the attack. Fresh herbs and chalky minerality. Baked breads shine through along with green apples and roasted nuts. A tremendous amount of bright citrus goodness that just goes on and on and on. Drink now. Or wait. You really can’t go wrong. Nowhere near the peak of its powers, but so luxurious right now.
— a month ago

Andrew, Severn and 3 others liked this

J.L. Vergnon

MSNL Chetillons et Musettes Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Chardonnay 2010

I’m having trouble finding anything wrong with these bubbles- they are the perfect combination of yeastiness and sweetness of a cake with an extraordinary butter frosting, and a fruit compote on the side. Serious structure, and a little bitterness creeping in only at the finish. — 12 days ago

Eric, Severn and 21 others liked this