Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne du Levant [Cramant] Extra Brut GC


Vintage: 2007
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: Chardonnay
Biodynamic: Certified
Vineyard: Located in the Grand Cru of Cramant, these Chardonnay vines are 50-70+ years in age.
Orientation: Southeast exposure
Soil: Chalk and limestone
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: Fermented using natural yeasts in a combination of 60% used barriques and 40% used foudres and left on the lees during the winter. Bottled unfined and unflitered, dosage is 2 grams/liter.
Aging: Kept in the cool cellars between 36-48 months, hand disgorged and aged an additional 6 months prior to release.
Notes: First created in the 1988 tinage, the Vieilles Vignes de Levant Extra Brut is a vintage cuvee produced from the oldest Grand Cru vines in the village of Cramant- ranging from fifty to eighty year-old vines. Like the Terre de Vertus, it is a single vintage cuvée fermented in oak, rather than stainless steel, though in this case, it is a combination of large foudres and smaller Burgundy barrels that are used. The wine receives a very low dosage of two grams per liter prior to release.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 92
Lemon oil, white flowers and mint are some of the notes that open up in the 2007 Extra Brut Grand Cru Cramant Vieilles Vignes de Levant, which emerges from a parcel of 50-70 year-old vines in Cramant. Here the interplay of bright aromatics and vertical, old-vine structure come together beautifully. Next to some of the other wines in the lineup, the 2007 is a bit compact, but it is quite pretty just the same. The Vieilles Vignes is fermented and aged in a combination of neutral barriques and foudres. Dosage is 2 grams/liter. Disgorged: January 2015.