Larmandier Bernier 1er Cru Terre De Vertus Blanc de Blanc 2012

Disgorged March 2018. Terre de Vertus is one of three single-terroir Chardonnay wines produced at this Estate and certainly the most famous. It is 100% Chardonnay coming from the chalky 1er Cru vineyard plots of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets, situated mid-slope in Vertus. These sites make arguably the most explicitly mineral wines of the village; wines that can recall the best of Le Mesnil (...



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Varietal
Non Vintage
Brand Name
Larmandier Bernier
Style
Sparkling Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Champagne

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Disgorged March 2018. Terre de Vertus is one of three single-terroir Chardonnay wines produced at this Estate and certainly the most famous. It is 100% Chardonnay coming from the chalky 1er Cru vineyard plots of Les Barillers and Les Faucherets, situated mid-slope in Vertus. These sites make arguably the most explicitly mineral wines of the village; wines that can recall the best of Le Mesnil (to the north) in their chalky raciness and drive. The natural alcoholic fermentation and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously (without inoculation) in large oval Stockinger and the wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year (and undergo gentle bâtonnage). There is no fining or filtration prior to bottling and the wine is non-dosé (no sugar is added), in order to respect its purity from beginning to end. The result is one of the most distinctive and mineral wines of the entire Champagne region and today it is one of the touchstone wines of the great grower movement. From a great, great vintage, the 2012 is all class now, and will only get better with another one to five years on cork. An exceptional release of an exceptional wine from an exceptional vintage. 

"The 2012 Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature 1er Cru Terre de Vertus is powerful, dense and also surprisingly tightly wound given the richness of the year. Readers will have to be patient with the 2012, as it is quite closed in on itself today. Dried pear, green apple, citrus, smoke, licorice and dried herbs open up over time, but the 2012 offers a decidedly austere and nervy expression of Chardonnay at this stage. Even so, the interplay of power and crystalline intensity is compelling. Non-dosé. Disgorged: March 2018." 93+ points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

"The 2012 Terre de Vertus is a handy follow-up to the 2010 with a refined, chalky nose that has attractive, flavorsome stone fruit with some tropical hints, too. Really fleshy and expressive. Nicely chiseled mineral cut at the finish." 93 points, jamessuckling.com

"Sleek, compact feel in palate with strong savoury and saline notes a feature. Scents of sea spray, almond, green apple, jasmine. Very pretty, very attractive. So delicious to taste, saline and faint lift of citrusy fruit, cool and refreshing yet gently palate staining with nuttiness, spice and fine chalky feel. Superb wine." 96 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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