Longitude Premier Cru Extra Brut
Historically, since the beginning of the 20th century, this cuvée had gone under the name of “Blanc de Blancs”.
“Longitude” originates exclusively from the Chardonnay grapes grown on the Côte des Blancs: Vertus, Oger, Avize, Cramant, which form a line close to the 4th meridian.
This non-vintage cuvée contains 40% of wines coming from our perpetual reserve begun in 2004.
Vinification and maturation
The grapes are pressed gently, the juices are clarified very slightly and then go directly into wood. The natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeasts) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in the Stockinger casks and vats. The wines are matured on the natural lees during their first year, with no filtering or fining being carried out.
The blending and the tirage are carried out in July. The bottles are taken down into the coolness of the cellars and stacked on lattes, the second fermentation takes place and maturation goes on for at least two more years.
Each bottle is disgorged by hand 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is only 3g/l (extra brut!).
Superbly fresh and mineral
Perfect as an aperitif, its straightness and its mineral character will whet your appetite. It’s ready to drink now, but may also be laid down for a few years.
Wine Advocate- August 2022 – 93 points
« Delivering aromas of citrus pith, pastry cream, crisp orchard fruit and freshly baked bread, the latest rendition of Larmandier-Bernier’s NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Longitude is medium to full-bodied, chalky and incisive, with a rich core of fruit, racy acids and a pretty pinpoint mousse. Concluding with a long, saline finish, it’s more chiseled than its Latitude counterpart and represents an appreciable step up. It’s based on the 2019 vintage and was disgorged early this year.»