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…..
“The 2014 Extra-Brut Rosé de Maturation is showing brilliantly, wafting from the glass with notes of red berries, blood orange, toasted almonds, dried white flowers and white peach. Medium to full-bodied, vinous and sensual, it’s an exquisitely seamless, elegant wine that even surpasses in depth and complexity the fine 2013 vintage that marked this cuvée’s debut.” 95 William Kelley