...More bracing is the biodynamic Larmandier Bernier Blanc de Blancs Premier Cur extra Brut. The bubbles explode in piercing fresh fruit aromas, and there is a long aftertaste of grapefruit, cucumber and salt minerals.
(Bob Tyrer on the Bottle - The Sunday Times - 11-Oct-09)
From the scenic rolling chalky hills of Vertus (70% ), Avize, Chouilly and Oger, the fruits of biodynamic viticulture par excellence, untroubled by the intervention of dosage, and therefore astonishingly pure, smoky, chalky, earthy and yet wonderfully refined. Develops a magisterial vinous character with a little time in the glass.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)Champagne Larmandier Bernier
Larmandier-Bernier, Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru offers lots of lovely development on the nose. Not especially fizzy and with a teeny bit of astringency on the finish but a really complete wine that spreads across the palate.
...I can’t stress enough what great value is to be found among the better growers’ champagnes – those made by the people who grow the vines, as opposed to the wines blended by the big houses from grapes they buy in (and, in some cases, grow themselves). I don’t mean that these growers' champagnes are necessarily cheap. But if you want wines with real personality and balance – not tart, astringent, sweetened-up fizz – then look carefully at artisan producers...
(Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com, 3-06-09)
These wines from Pierre and Sophie Larmandier are exceptional in every way. Larmandier practices a non-interventionalist philosophy in the vineyards with an emphasis on low yields. A similar approach is taken in the cellar, where the wines are fermented with natural yeasts and bottled with low or no dosage in order to exalt the qualities of the sites the estate works with. The Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes are some of the purest and most utterly engaging wines being made in the region today. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
(Antonio Galloni - Wine Advocate - Dec 08)