Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, Champagne Extra Brut 1er Cru ‘Rosé de Saignée’ NV

£102.00 (75cl)

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The Pinot Noir grapes are partly destemmed and left to macerate for 2-3 days before the 'bleeding' is carried out. Alcoholic fermentation is encouraged by natural yeast in an enamel-lined steel vat; after which the malolactic fermentation takes place, with maturation on the lees for about a year. The cuvée is then bottled and matured for 2 years prior to disgorgement. A low dosage of only 3g/L is added.

Tasting note

Looking for a classy gorgeous Rosé Champagne with a sexy focused expression, then this is it! Beautiful red berry fruit with hints of mint and notes of chalk. Sweet layered floral expressions combine brilliantly with fine fruit focus and precision across the palate, conveyed by radiant cleansing acidity on finish.

About the producer

Averaging 33 years of age, Larmandier-Bernier’s 15 hectares of vineyards lie on the spectacular terroirs of the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, a 1er cru village, as well as the Grand Crus Cramant, Chouilly, Oger and Avize. According to Pierre and Sophie Larmandier, “the creation of a great Champagne, like the creation of any great wine, begins in the vineyard.” This philosophy is why they manage their vineyards biodynamically, harvesting their grapes manually at optimal ripeness to produce extraordinary expressions of each terroir.

Fermentations using natural yeasts in a mixture of stainless steel vats, wooden casks and barrels, together with long, slow ageing at either Brut Nature (0g/l) or Extra Brut (2-5g/l) allows for the clearest of expressions.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate (

Based on the 2019 vintage, the new NV Extra-Brut Rosé de Saignée is a rich, gastronomic wine, delivering aromas of raspberries and cherries mingled with notions of kirsch, warm spices and petals. Medium to full-bodied, layered and fleshy, with racy acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse, it's a vinous Champagne that would work well at table. (William Kelley) Points: 93. Issue Date: August 2022

Decanter Magazine (

Confected nose of rosehip, herbs, and wild strawberry. Sweetish palate, strange for extra brut. A little oxidative. The palate maintains the herbal character, with depth and pot pourri on the finish. (Blind tasted by Michael Edwards, Simon Field MW, Xavier Rousset MS ) Points: 85. Date Tasted: 03/10/2016

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