2017 Larmandier Bernier Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut Premier cru

2017 Larmandier Bernier Rosé de Saignée Extra Brut Premier cru



This is their “regular” rosé de saignée, from old vine Pinot Noir (and a 10% smidgen of Pinot Gris) in Vertus, partially de-stemmed, co-macerated for 2-3 days, and then aged in stainless steel on the lees for a year, then bottle aged for 2 years prior to disgorgement. The 2017, which I tasted at the winery, is wonderfully playful and charming, and will fall right in line with the outstanding track record of this most singular and under-the-radar best-in-class quality here….for fans of great rosé Champagne, I can’t recommend their rosés highly enough.

“The latest edition of Larmandier-Bernier’s NV Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée is simply stunning, wafting from the glass with scents of minty red apples, rose petals and blood orange. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, pure and elegant, with a concentrated core of vibrant fruit, a pinpoint mousse and a long, beautifully fragrant finish. This wine’s alliance of delicacy and intensity makes it one of the most exciting rosé bottlings being produced in all of Champagne. This cuvée derives from the domaine’s oldest vines in Vertus and is disgorged with three grams per liter dosage.” 96 William Kelly of Parker’s Wine Advocate for the 2016 base, NOT THE 2017 OFFERED HERE.

“A standout in this range, the NV (2014) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Grand Cru is gorgeous, even if it is quite a bit lighter in color and style than was common in the past. Shorter maceration yields a Rosé built on energy and crystalline tension. Cranberry, mint, chalk, game and smoke infuse this super-expressive and hugely pleasing Champagne from Pierre and Sophie Larmandier. Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 3 grams per liter.” 95 Antonio Galloni for the 2014 base wine, NOT THE 2017 OFFERED HERE.