Grand Cru Without Make Up:
2008 Larmandier-Bernier Vieille Vigne du Levant Extra Brut

Posted by Joe Salamone

"Larmandier-Bernier is one of the finest estates in the Côte des Blancs, producing wines of unusual detail and clarity of expression." -Peter Liem

Larmandier-Bernier's wines are laser beams of terroir laid bare. They offer some of the most riveting and assertively mineral expressions of Chardonnay.

Like many people, I cut my teeth on grower Champagnes with Larmandier-Bernier over a decade ago. Larmandier-Bernier's 2008s are easily the most stunning wines that I've seen from them. The VV du Levant, sourced from two old vine vineyards in Cramant, is the headliner of the 2008 collection. Simply put, the VV du Levant blew us away when we tasted it.

Of course, this shouldn't be a big surprise. The 2008 vintage in Champagne is possibly the greatest of the past decade. It's defined by sleek energy and balance, drawing comparisons to 1988. While 2002 and 1996 are defined by their power and ripeness, the 2008 vintage delivers energy, purity and balance.

Beyond just being a great vintage, this is exactly the type of vintage where Larmandier-Bernier thrives.

Cramant, along with Aÿ, Verzenay, Ambonnay and Mesnil, is one of Champagne's top Grand Crus. It produces Blanc de Blancs of breathtaking power, finesse and chalky detail.

The 2008 VV du Levant delivers an unadorned, incisive minerality that has a wonderful radiant length. It possesses a building, deep and nuanced complexity. There's a raw purity and finesse that's jaw-dropping.

When Larmandier-Bernier hits their mark, the wines possess a peerless transparency. The 2008 VV du Levant represents a high point in their superlative work. Don't miss.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2008 Larmandier-Bernier
Vieille Vigne du Levant Extra Brut GC