With independent ties to viticultural history dating back to 1765, the Larmandier and Bernier families united to become Champagne Larmandier-Bernier when Philippe Larmandier and his wife, Elisabeth Bernier, built their first cellar in the village of Vertus in the Côte des Blancs in 1971. Since 1988, the Estate has been under the progressive helm of Pierre (Philippe and Elisabeth’s son) and Sophie Larmandier, with their son, Arthur, joining in 2017.
Holding 18ha of vines in Grand Cru and Premier Cru villages of the Côte des Blancs (inclusive of Cramant, Avize, Oger and Vertus) the family cultivates mostly Chardonnay fruit (90%) with an average vine age of 35 years. Since 1999, and long before current awareness, Pierre and Sophie have fastidiously applied biodynamic viticulture, as well as natural vinification and minimal intervention practices to the production of their cuvées, with the sole purpose of creating ‘a wine that deeply expresses its terroir’.
Without a doubt, Champagne Larmandier-Bernier’s predominantly Blanc de Blancs (100% Chardonnay) champagnes are intensely concentrated and entirely expressive of the elegant mineral quality of the chalky Côte des Blancs terroir, attesting to the family’s stellar reputation as pioneer and champion of this great region since the French Revolution.