NV Larmandier Bernier 'Longitude' Blanc de Blancs 750ml
Region: Champagne, FRA
2016 base with 35-40% reserve wines going back to 2004, disgorged in October 2019. The name here refers to the vertical nature of the geographic locations of the vineyards as well as the style of wine resulting from the very chalky soils of these sites i.e., a more linear, mineral style of wine. To be specific, the vineyards are located in Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Vertus (north of the village). While Larmandier's Latitude is expansive across the palate, the Longitude is all about minerality, line and raciness. This is again 100% CÃ´te des Blancs Chardonnay, yet the vineyards from which it is drawn have topsoils that are much thinner and the vine roots plunge straight into the chalky bedrock. 2016 base with 35-40% reserve wines going back to 2004.
"Scents of just ripe stone fruit, talc, faint honey and toast, a light caramel note too, all adding up to quite subtle and pretty. Creaminess in texture with very fine bead, vivacious and fresh-tasting with lovely salty-chalky feel very present through the wine and to the powdery, lightly puckering finish. Vinous in a way, gently savoury throughout, exceptionally long and runs with so much energy. Beautiful." 95 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front