Larmandier-Bernier was founded by Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier. Both families have owned vineyards in the Côte des Blancs since 1765. After the marriage of Philippe and Elisabeth, the vineyards of these two families merged into one domain.
The winery works exclusively with its own vineyards, all of which have grand cru or premier cru status. These plots are in the municipalities of Cramant, Oger, Avize and Vertus. In total, the domain covers 18 hectares, of which 90% is planted with Chardonnay. The vines grow on the characteristic limestone soil, which is one of the most important elements of the terroir. In addition, the advanced age of the vines results in a lower, but high-quality yield. In fact, the vines are between 40 and 80 years old! The vines have been grown biodynamically for more than 20 years.
The harvest from each plot is fermented separately in oak barrels using native yeast cultures. When the fermentation is complete, the still wines remain in the barrel for a sur lie maturation which lasts for one year on average. Then, the wines are blended and bottled, so that the second fermentation can begin. In order to express the terroir as much as possible, the champagnes are not filtered or clarified. Disgorgement is done manually after 3 to 10 years of bottle aging. A total of eight different champagnes are produced in their cellar. To name a few: Vieille Vigne du Levant, Latitude, Terre de Vertus and Les Chemins d'Avize.
Over the years, this champagne house has received many awards and accolades. Their champagne was named 'Most Promising Wine' in 2002 and Philippe was named 'Winegrower of the Year' by Gault & Milau in 2003. Moreover, the wines are regularly awarded high scores.
The best vintages of Larmandier-Bernier vintage champagnes are: 2012, 2013 and 2014.Read more