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Latitude NV is a Blanc de Blancs champagne (100% Chardonnay) with fruit sourced exclusively from vineyards along the same latitude in the south of Vertus. Here, the Côte des Blancs terroir is rich, with more clay, which imparts a charming, generous and rounded character to the cuvée.
Made in the same fashion as Larmandier-Bernier’s Longitude NV (also a Blanc de Blancs), fully ripe and biodynamically farmed grapes are pressed gently and allowed to ferment naturally with indigenous yeasts. Blending and bottling takes place in July, with each cuvée containing 40% of wine from a perpetual reserve stretching back to 2004. After maturing for at least 2 years, disgorgement occurs by hand 6 months prior to release, and the cuvée is finished with a low dosage of 4 g/L.
Tasting Latitude NV alongside Longitude NV—itself racy and linear compared to Latitude’s expansive generosity—provides a compelling and exciting study of Chardonnay’s dynamic expression from diverse Côte des Blancs terroirs.
The current release of Latitude NV is based on the 2019 vintage and was disgorged in May 2022.
Pleasantly scented and aptly named, Latitude NV is a charming chameleon, as aromas and flavours expand generously over time. At first, a delicious bite of crisp green apple deepens to lemon and fleshy stone fruits, followed by a dollop of cream at the core. The finish bristles long and dry with saline minerality as flavours of yellow plum elevate the palate with refreshing acidity—each essence moving in precise choreography: well-integrated and superbly crafted. Drink now or cellar for 2–3 years.
Very versatile with food, such as a lemon-stuffed roast chicken served with crispy potatoes, freshly shucked Pacific oysters au naturel, rich spaghetti Bolognese or a creamy Caesar salad.
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 sons, Arthur and Georges, joining in 2017 and 2021 respectively.
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 (over 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 ‘wines which express their terroir, without any tricks’.
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.