At a recent tasting of 14 alternative sparkling wines 2 things were discovered… the first, Champagne is dead. The second was the work of the team at Larmandier-Bernier of the Côte des Blancs. Produced from vines with an average age of 33 years, Larmandier-Bernier Blanc de Blancs was the pick of the bunch and well worth the hype the group bestowed upon it…
It’s not for TVG to say that Champagne is boring. However, when you consider that the ever-famous Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial is the most produced bottle of wine on earth, it leads us to conclude that, at least, the Champagne blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier is over exposed.
Thank God then for wines like Larmandier-Bernier Blanc de Blancs. This 100% Chardonnay-based sparkling is largely indicative of the movement away from the customary Champagne blend – it’s approachable, fragrant and sprightly.
A blend of Chardonnay grown exclusively in the Côte des Blancs, the majority of this wine was made up of grapes from the 2009 vintage. Blended and bottled in May, each element of the process is undertaken by hand, even down to the movement of the bottles to the cellar floor where they are horizontally stacked prior to disgorgement.
All of this close attention has produced a superbly aromatic Blanc de Blancs. Larmandier is a clinical amalgamation of lemon rind, sweet florals with a strong toasty influence – everything you would expect from a cool climate wine with the Premier Cru seal of approval. A wine of poise and delightful minerality, this sparkler is a classic in the making and the ideal aperitif.
In my humble opinion, this wine could be a game changer. This is the kind of sparkling you produce at dinner when everyone else has Champagne. It’s simple… if you want to be talked about for a night, drop $150 and take a bottle of Moet Vintage. However, if you want to be that guy who changes people’s tastes and influence a new trend… introduce your friends to Larmandier-Bernier Blanc de Blancs.
You can purchase Larmandier-Bernier Blanc de Blancs at Dan Murphys.