Vineyard: Chardonnay from vineyards south of the village of Vertus where Pinot was historically planted and where the clay topsoil is deeper and terroirs is thought to be richer.
Orientation: Multiple sites, varied exposure
Soil: Chalk and limestone. Deeper layer of clay topsoil.
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: Natural yeaest fermentation in a combination of large cask and stainless steel. Sur lie in the winter, blended and bottled without fining or filtration, 4 grams dosage. Disgorgement: April 2017
Aging: 60 % from 2014; 40% reserve wines
Notes: Previously, this cuvée was called "Tradition", a name that was chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents.
The new name Latitude was selected since the wine is composed exclusively of Chardonnays originating from the same latitude: the south of Vertus, where Pinot noir was historically planted. This is a generous terroir resulting in a round, rich, charming style, which still retains the characteristic pureness of the estate’s Champagnes. Pierre bielieves the wine possesses "pinot-like" characteristics such as red fruit flavors and bredth on the palate -- despite it being 100% Chardonnay -- which he attributes to this unique terroir. 4 gr/l dosage.
Disgorgement: April 2017
Publication: Wine Spectator
The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude 1er Cru is powerful, full-bodied and structured, with a real sense of depth. Smoke, lemon peel, crushed rocks, graphite, menthol, dried pear and chamomile nuances infuse this virile Champagne. Readers looking for a Champagne to drink at the dinner table will adore the Latitude. This is an especially fine edition. Don't miss it. The current release is based on the 2014 vintage, with 40% reserve wines. As always, the Latitude emerges from the southern part of Vertus, an area that has historically been planted with Pinot Noir, which was considered better suited than Chardonnay because of the clay-rich soils. Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 4 grams per liter.