1 x Champagne Larmandier-Bernier 'Latitude' Brut Tradition NV
1 x Champagne Laherte-Freres Blanc de Blancs NV
1 x Champagne 'A Secret History' by Robert Walters
1 x Join the Grower Revolution Wooden Box
The Wine - 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.
TYSON STELZER | TYSON STELZER COM | 94 POINTS
It encapsulates the gorgeous freshness of young Vertus chardonnay in its grapefruit, freshly picked apple and lemon blossom aromas, while boring deep into its chalk mineral structure, building great textural presence, amplified by the spicy, nutty complexity of barrel fermentation.
The Wine - Laherte-Freres Blanc de Blancs NV
2015 base with 50% reserve wines, disgorged April 2017. This striking, racy, crunchy Champagne is 100% Chardonnay from the family’s most mineral soils in Chavot, Vaudancourt, Voipreux and Épernay-all sites that are biodynamically farmed. These vineyards are very rich in chalk and limestone but there is also marl (chalky clay), flint and schist. This ‘chalkiness’ explains the wine’s intensely pungent minerality (energy, freshness) and zingy, citric lines while the clay content gives fruit weight and texture. The current release is based on 2015 with a high 50% reserve wines from the two previous vintages. It has been aged for just over two years in bottle following a first fermentation in large cask and epoxy-lined tanks. Like all Laherte’s Champagne, this was disgorged ‘à la volée’, which means by hand.
ANTONIO GALLONI | VINOUS.COM | 93 POINTS
“One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is pure class. Tension, energy and mineral-drenched drive are the signatures. Chalk, slate white pepper and citrus notes open up in the glass, but it is the wine’s crystalline precision and purity that are front and center. Underlying beams of salinity lend further drive to the intense, salivating finish. The Blanc de Blancs is fermented in barrel with some lees stirring, but partially blocked malolactic fermentation and bottling with no dosage preserves a good bit of sizzle.”
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