The Latitude is a cuvée made from more clay rich sites in Vertus that naturally are riper/fleshier/broader in their palate presence, offering a wine of great charm and fruit driven appeal. The current disgorgement is from a 2019 base. It is plain terrific, once again, with the telltale house hallmark purity, and rings clear as a bell in its goal of expressing the broader, richer charms of Vertus. This is a perennial best buy in Blanc de Blancs, just as Antonio’s review of the current disgorgement would indicate……..
“The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude 1er Cru is a powerful, driving wine that exemplifies the house style at Larmandier-Bernier. There’s real texture and breadth here. Citrus, dried almond, chamomile and crushed flowers build in a beautifully resonant, expressive Champagne that shows the natural richness that is common in the southern part of Vertus. This release is 60% 2018 and 40% a perpetual reserve that goes back to 2004. It’s fabulous. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: April, 2021.” 93 Antonio Galloni for the 2018 base, NOT THE 2019 BASE OFFERED HERE.