Disgorged March 2018
Previously, this Cuvée was called “Tradition”, a name that was chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents. Lamandier-Bernier decided on “Latitude” since it seemed to give a better description of this Cuvée, with its fully round, rich, charming style.It is composed exclusively of Chardonnays originating from the same “latitude”: the south of Vertus. This is a generous terroir: the Cuvée Latitude is the perfect festive Champagne, which still retains the characteristic pureness of our Estate’s Champagnes.
The natural alcoholic fermentation (natural yeast) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in our casks, our wooden vats and our stainless-steel tanks. The wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year and undergo gentle bâtonnages, but no filtering or fining. The blending and the bottling are carried out in July. The bottles are then taken down into the coolness of our cellars, where the second fermentation and the maturation 'on laths' quietly take place over a period of more than 2 years. Each bottle is disgorged manually 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is 4 grams per litre (extra-brut!).
It encapsulates the gorgeous freshness of young Vertus Chardonnay in its grapefruit. Charming at any hour of the day (and night…). Its very rounded harmony will please all palates. You can drink it now or also keep it for 2-3 years.
95 Points - James Halliday, Top 100 Wines of 2018
'Floral scents, just-ripe-stone fruit, oatmeal – yeasty complexity works well here. Maybe a touch resinous. Lightly oxidative character with dense-packed fruit-driven palate showing stone fruit, citrus pith, green apple and set to a firm yet vigorous bead. Feels unadorned and good to drink.'
93 Points - Mike Bennie
'Fascinating quince paste aroma, toasty as well, the palate soft and round, smooth and supple, creamy and seemingly low in acidity but it doesn't lack acid at all. Lovely drinkability. A tickle of sweetness helps the medicine go down. Lovely.'
92 Points - Huon Hooke
'A base of vintage 2014, this delivers a very charming style with aromas of ripe peach and melon. The palate adds grilled nuts and citrus in a soft, smooth and creamy mode. Good concentration. Drink now.'
92 Points - James Suckling
'Although it's not indicated on the label, this is a Blanc de Blancs from Chardonnay. It is warm and ripe, with a soft texture allied to fresh acidity. Orange and lemon zest give a great lift to this rounded wine.'
92 Points - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
'Larmandier-Bernier NV Extra Brut Latitude a Vertus NLR1001-13 (corresponding to a Cuvee formerly referred to as “Tradition”) originates with vineyards on the south side of Vertus, whose relative warmth and weight of soil supports a majority of Pinot Noir, which comprises 20% of this Cuvee. Alluringly aromatic, this combines saffron, fennel pollen, fresh apple, freshly baked bread, plus tangy buckwheat and ocean breeze, all of which reunite on a buoyant and polished palate, joined by raw almond and with the saline, alkaline and chalky mineral elements gaining prominence en route to a mouthwatering finish. It ought to merit attention for at least 2-3 years.'
91 Points - David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate