Larmandier-Bernier 2009 Terre de Vertus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (94AG 93RP 92IWC)

Larmandier-Bernier 2009 Terre de Vertus Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (94AG 93RP 92IWC)

  • Size: 750ml
  • Item Code: WN17033103
  • Vintage: 2009
$76.99

“Rich and explosive to the core, the 2009 Blanc de Blancs Terre de Vertus races across the palate with tons of depth and power. Dried apricots, honey, wild flowers and anise all blossom in the glass, but the 2009 is first and foremost a wine of structure. A creamy, textured finish rounds things out nicely. The combination of a ripe year and the non-dosage style work beautifully. The Terre de Vertus emerges from the Les Barillers and Les Faucherets lieux-dits. The Terre de Vertus is non-dosé.” (94AG)

“ White golden in color, the 2009 Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Brut Nature Terre de Vertus offers a very pure and delicate but also intense bouquet of stewed apples with lemon flavors, a touch of vanilla creme and a lovely iodine character as well. Filigreed, highly elegant and silky on the palate, this is a fruit intense but also a firmly structured and persistent vintage Champagne of great finesse. Lovely walnut and yeasty flavors in the aftertaste. Great harmony. Delicious.” (RP)

“Offers an array of lively citrus and orchard fruit aromas and flavors, with chalky mineral and floral notes adding vivacity and lift. The palate boasts excellent clarity and depth, with exotic mace and green tea nuances coming up with aeration. Closes taut and spicy, with echoing floral character and excellent mineral-driven focus and length.”(92IWC)

Ratings and Awards

  • 94 Antonio Galloni
  • 93 Wine Advocate
  • 92 Int'l Wine Cellar

Champagne

Champagne is the home to the sparkling wine the accompany all types of celebration. It is made from 1 white and 2 red grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

  • Champagne is usually non-vintage. Producers blend several vintages to achieve consistent quality. Non-vintage champagne can be drunk young; though further bottle aging will give it more roundness and color.
  • Vintage champagne is made in great years only. As 80% of the grapes come from one year, vintage champage is concentrated in flavor and best aged for a decade before drinking.
  • Champagne is classified by its levels of sweetness. Extra Brut means bone-dry with less than 0.5% of residual sugar per liter. Brut is the norm, with 0.5-1.5% of residual sugar. Sec despite meaning dry in French, is quite sweet with 2-3.5% residual sugar. Semi-Sec and Doux are even sweeter, with 3.5-5% and 5.5-8% sugar per liter.
  • There are over 100 companies (or marques in French) making Champagne. It is useful to know the Tête de Cuvée (top of line) for each marque. For example, Dom Perignon is the Tête de Cuvée of Moët et Chandon and La Grande Dame is the Tête de Cuvée of Veuve Clicquot.
  • Blanc de Blanc is the most delicate and lightest of all champagne. It is made solely from Chardonnay. As only one quarter of the land is designated to Chardonnay production, Blanc de Blanc commands a high price!
  • Blanc de Noir, on the other hand, is made solely with red Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It has more complexity than the average non-vintage Champagne.