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2011 Larmandier-Bernier Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize

2011 Larmandier-Bernier Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize

Hints of preserved lemon, apricot, mint and light honey build in this super-expressive, inviting Champagne.'
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com

$209.00 Per Bottle


$627.00 (Case 3 x 750ml)

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  • Like Egly-Ouriet and Selosse, Larmandier-Bernier has been rated as one of Champagne’s top 5 producers by Andrew Jefford in his celebrated work, The New France. This estate is meticulously run by Pierre Larmandier and his wife Sophie. The estate is now 15 hectares, predominantly in Vertus, at the Southern tip of the Côte des Blancs, yet there are also holdings in Cramant, Chouilly, Oger & Avize. The vineyards are biodynamically worked and the average age of the vines is 35 years.


    The current release was disgorged in January 2017. Having been planning to produce a single terroir wine from Avize for many years, Pierre and Sophie finally, in 2009, bought a smaller press to separately vinify their two tiny Avize vineyards: Chemin de Plivot, planted in 1955, and Chemin de Flavigny, planted in 1960. Both have highly chalky parcels, with very little topsoil, and lie on the lower slopes of Avize, not far from Agrapart's and Selosse's la Fosse vineyard. The winemaking follows similar lines to their other cuvées, save for the use of smaller, neutral barrels for the fermentations, necessitated by the small-batch nature of this blend. The wines are left in bottle, on their natural lees for a minimum of four years, and are then disgorged by hand with only two grams dosage per litre.


    This is an intense, spicy, white peach, kernel and saline noted wine of brilliant intensity, purity and finesse.


    'The 2011 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chemins d'Avize Grand Cru is another super-impressive wine from Pierre and Sophie Larmandier. Powerful, ample and massively structured, the Chemins d'Avize will please readers who enjoy bold, vinous Champagnes. At times, the Chemins d'Avize feels like a Pinot based Champagne in its phenolic intensity and vertical, imposing feel. Hints of preserved lemon, apricot, mint and light honey build in this super-expressive, inviting Champagne. The Chemins d'Avize is a blend of Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny, both of which were previously used for the Longitude. Disgorged: January 2017. Dosage is 2 grams per litre.'
    93 Points - Antonio Galloni, vinous.com