Current stock (received into stock October 2021, Base 2017 - disgorged January 2020
The name here refers to the vertical nature of the geographic locations of the vineyards as well as the style of wine resulting from the very chalky soils of these sites i.e., a more linear, mineral style of wine. To be specific, the vineyards are located in Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Vertus (north of the village). While Larmandier's Latitude is expansive across the palate, the Longitude is all about minerality, line and raciness. This is again 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, yet the vineyards from which it is drawn have top soils that are much thinner and the vine roots plunge straight into the chalky bedrock.
If you thought the champagnes of many large houses were dry, Larmandier – Bernier will change your thinking. These wines are very dry with little or no dosage (4 grams per litre in this wine). The nose shows very fine minerals, citrus and a touch of salt spray. It’s a long clean, aperitif style, refreshing, chalky and minerally; yet with unexpected depth and Chablis like notes. – bloody delicious FWC
This is 2017 base with between 35 and 40% reserve wines going back to 2004, disgorged in January 2020. Like the Latitude, this is 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay, yet the vineyards from which it was drawn have thinner topsoils and so the vine roots plunge straight into the chalky bedrock. The name here refers to the vertical nature of the geographic locations of the vineyards as well as the style that results from the very chalky soils of these sites—a more linear, mineral wine.
The vineyards are located in Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Vertus (north of the village). While Larmandier’s Latitude is more expansive across the palate, the Longitude, whilst also being ample enough, is a showcase of minerality, line and raciness. Of course, with the depth of reserve wine involved, the apple never falls far from the tree. This is simply a superb Blanc de Blancs, and a prestige cuvée by any other name. Again, it is a terrific food wine—match it with anything that you might pair with a Chablis, Riesling or any white from the Loire. - Importer's Notes
Another lovely wine from Larmandier-Bernier, the 2017-base NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Longitude was disgorged in April 2020 with three grams per liter dosage. Mingling aromas of citrus oil, green apple and pear with hints of white flowers and fresh bread, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly enveloping and precise, with a more mineral, chiseled profile than the Latitude bottling, reflecting its origins in optimally situated parcels in Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant. As I've written before, this is one of the finest non-vintage bottlings to be found in Champagne, and it comes warmly recommended. Drink 2020-2035. 93 points, William Kelley, The Wine Advocate.