- Guy Larmandier Brut Vertus 1er Cru NV Product #28075 (In Stock)
The 1er Cru vineyard of Vertus is famous for Pinot Noir in addition to the Chardonnay you'd expect here along the Cote de Blancs. Buy Larmandier blends 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir here from two vintages (2009-2008 here) and ages the wine for 36 months before disgorgement. The result is a sleek beauty of a wine that opens with rich aromas of toast, nuts, mineral and lemon. In the mouth, plenty of Chardonnay cut and drive elevated with hints of earthy red fruit and richness from the Pinot Noir. Clean, toasty, precise, and extremely long with a finish that won't quit.
- Guy Larmandier Blanc De Blancs Brut Grand Cru NV Product #25835 (In Stock)
We're self-admitted freaks for bubbles around here, but when it comes to true Champagne, we're a little picky. It's not cheap, and we won't bring something new in unless it really wows us. This wowed us.
Guy Larmandier is a family-owned domaine, with vineyards in the Cote des Blancs, one of the most prestigious regions of Champagne. This Grand Cru bottling is made from 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru village of Cramant. It's the kind of handmade grower Champagne we are thrilled to be able to sell - and drink!
At first sniff, this smells like the skin of a really good, juicy pear. As the bubbles dissipate a bit, aromas of white flowers and brioche emerge. There's a hint of roasted hazelnuts as well. Despite its minimum 36 months of aging, it's crisp and refreshing on the palate, with flavors of pear, a touch of lemon curd, and a beautiful chalky minerality. The flavors are sophisticated, but never austere. This would, of course, be a no-brainer for anniversaries and New Years' Eve, but sometimes a top-quality Champagne's sparkle and delicate layers are best appreciated on a humdrum Tuesday with no distractions. Pop this open on movie night with a much smaller guest list and feel like you just spent a million bucks.