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2011 Larmandier-Bernier Les Chemins d'Avizede Blancs Extra Brut Grand Cru
/ Single Bottle
Chardonnay. Sourced from two parcels in the village of Avize -- Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny. These vineyards previously contributed to the Longitude cuvee.
Chalk and clay.
The vines are farmed biodynamically and the grapes are harvested by hand.
Pierre & Sophie purchased a smaller press in 2009 in order to vinify these small Avize parcels separately. Natural yeast fermentation in used barriques and old foudres.
The wine is left on its lees during the winter and aged in the cool cellars, disgorged 6 months prior to release. 2 grams dosage.
WA 97 Points: The 2011 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize is superb, unfurling in the glass with a classy bouquet of warm biscuits, waxy citrus rind, buttered yellow apples and hints of gingerbread. On the palate, the wine is broad, full-bodied and powerful, with an ample core of fruit, ripe acids, superb concentration and a delicate mousse, concluding with a long finish. From the southeast-facing Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny lieux-dits, this is the most generous, sun-kissed wine in the range. It's fermented in old barrels and sees four years sur lattes, followed by disgorgement with two grams per liter dosage. This Champagne displays some of the textural qualities of an excellent white Burgundy, and its glorious bouquet shows that ripe grapes and minimal dosage can deliver all the aromatic plenitude that some commentators contend only derives from added sugar and bottle age