This is another exciting first time micro-cuvée that the Larmandier’s made to see just how ageworthy and vinous their best rosé wine can be. From their very best old vine Pinot Noir in Vertus (with 10% Pinot Gris), partially destemmed, co-macerated for 3 days, and then aged 40% in barrel and 60% in concrete eggs. It then spent some 6 years on the lees before being disgorged in the summer of 2018. I am a big big fan of the 2013 vintage, as it has the kind of treble, high toned sustain that I really like, especially among producers who get good natural ripeness in their base wines; Larmandier and their outstanding farming regimen regularly have deep sappy base wines…..Based on how much Galloni flipped over the “regular” 2013 rosé wine (see below), this should be a special bottle and then some…..
“Larmandier-Bernier’s NV Rosé de Saignée lived up to the glowing praise I bestowed upon it a year ago. A prodigious, spellbinding wine, it unfolded to reveal endless layers of intensely perfumed fruit wrapped around a long, powerful frame. Imagine a first-class Chambolle with bubbles and you have some idea of what this unique Champagne offers. Though not for the uninitiated, this is first-class juice and absolutely required drinking for anyone who seeks to discover the level of ambition of Champagne’s most fiercely driven, artisan growers.” 96 Antonio Galloni for the regular ’13 rosé, NOT THIS LONG AGED CUVÉE OFFERED HERE.