Champagne Day: Larmandier-Bernier Rosé de Saignée Premier Cru

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photoConsistently in my upper echelon of Champagne producers, Larmandier-Bernier is one of those biodynamic farmers who has dialed in each element of the growing and winemaking process. These wines are about precision and focused intention.

This Champagne is made from 40 year old Pinot Noir vines planted in the Chardonnay land of Vertus. The wine is made with the unusual method of direct maceration over a few days rather than the more typical light pressing.

The wine itself is quite dry, tasting as dried cranberries with a very fine strawberry mousse. This is delineated, counter-culture Rosé. I suppose that explains why the colour was a stunning, deep, brooding red and the wine a near-ideal pairing for traditionally made Nigiri sushi.

Excellent
$110 at Kits Wine

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