1 x Champagne Larmandier-Bernier 'Latitude' Brut Tradition NV
1 x Champagne Laherte-Freres Rose de Meunier NV - Base 18 disg Mar 21
1 x Champagne 'A Secret History' by Robert Walters
1 x Join the Grower Revolution Wooden Box
Larmandier-Bernier Latitude Brut Tradtion
Latitude is a 100 percent Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, This release is 60% 2015 and 40% reserve wines, predominantly grown in vineyards on the southern side of the Champagne sub region of Vertus. These are vineyards on roughly the same Latitude, and hence the name also hints at the breadth of texture that the wines from these more clay rich soils tend to offer up, even when only Chardonnay is used. In the cuverie Larmandier uses a combination of stainless steel, neutral barrel, and foudre.
Champagne Laherte-Freres Rose de Meunier NV
Laherte Freres makes interesting and compelling Champagnes, offering ridiculous value and gorgeously pure flavours. The Rose de Meunier NV fits nicely with this statement. It’s an ethereal, elegantly dancing Champagne of exquisite refinement. Strawberry, red apple, raspberry and savoury spices. The palate is so pure, no doubt due to the estate’s biodynamic practices. Very elegant, savoury and subtle palate of red fruits, minerals and white balsamic. Compelling wine. Unique.
One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is powerful, vinous and structured. It is also quite reticent and not at all forthcoming. A bit more time in bottle should do the trick, though. Hints of rose petal, mint, game, dried herbs and licorice add intrigue to a Rosé that is at once powerful and laser-like in its focus. There is plenty of Meunier character, and yet the best is very clearly yet to come. 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
CHAMPAGNE A SECRET HISTORY: A NEW BOOK ON CHAMPAGNE
The most refreshing, pretension-pricking, myth-busting and amusingly un-frothy book on the subject I've read. ANDREW JEFFORD In the tradition of Kermit Lynch's Adventures on the Wine Route, Bursting Bubbles is a wonderful and informed exploration of the best grower Champagnes and the characters who make them. It shatters old myths and reveals new truths, making Champagne - the place and the wine - as intriguing, beautiful and magical as ever. ANDREA FROST