Champagne Larmandier-Bernier is one of the true stars of the Côte des Blancs. Both the Larmandier and Bernier families have had a long history in the Champagne region dating back to the French revolution. Pierre took over the direction of the family estate in 1988, moving the family’s vineyards to Organics by 1992 and then to full-blown Biodynamic viticulture by 1999. All in all, the wines from Larmandier-Bernier are reference point Champagnes that fully demonstrate the profound potential of low dosage and non-dosé bottlings. These powerful wines revel in their beautiful expressions of terroir, impeccable balance and clean, zesty and very pure palate impressions.
Larmandier-Bernier Rose de Saignee 1er Cru Extra Brut NV
This cuvée is produced from the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapes picked in Vertus, where the two varieties grow together in the same plot of old vines. It’s made by macerating the berries for a few days, a technique not commonly used in Champagne anymore. In Champagne, most rosés are obtained by blending white wine with a little Champagne-appellation red wine.
In Champagne, most rosés are obtained by blending white wine with a little Champagne-appellation red wine. Rosé de saignée, on the contrary, is made by using direct maceration of the Pinot Noir grapes. This method of vinification is more demanding and requires perfectly ripe grapes. This is the true rosé., is made by using direct maceration of the Pinot Noir grapes. This method of vinification is more demanding and requires perfectly ripe grapes. This is the true rosé.
The Pinot Noir grapes for the Rosé de saignée, are selected on a sorting table, partially destemmed and then macerated for 2 to 3 days. After that, come the natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeasts) in a tank or in concrete eggs, the malolactic fermentation and then the maturation on the lees for nearly a year. The tirage is carried out at the end of July.
The wine is aged for at least another 2 years in the cellars, and the bottles are disgorged 6 months before being marketed with a discreet dosage of 3 g/l.
90 points Wine Advocate August 2018