Larmandier-Bernier Chemins d’Avize 2013 - Bio
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LES CHEMINS D’AVIZE come to enrich the list of our single-vineyard champagnes. We began this approach in 1988 with VV de Cramant, then completed in 1995 with Terre de Vertus and in 1999 by the Rosé de Saignée.
We know for many years that Avize is worth a single vineyard cuvee. In 2009, we bought a smaller press so that we can now separate the juice from our 2 Avize vineyards.
The natural alcoholic fermentation (natural yeast) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in our casks and our wooden vats. The wines are left on their natural lees for nearly a year and undergo gentle bâtonnages, but no filtering or fining. If the year merits it, this cuvée will be bottled in July as a vintage.
Then the bottles are then taken down into the coolness of our cellars, where the second fermentation and the maturation 'on laths' quietly take place. Each bottle is disgorged manually 6 months before being marketed.
JamesSuckling.com, October 2017: Les Chemins d’Avize 2010 || 98 points - A single 0.7ha plot in Avize, this has very assertive citrus and dried peach edge with strong chalky minerals. Extremely vibrant. The palate has richness of fruit with white peach and apricot flavors. Sturdy structure supports ripe and concentrated fruit. Grape maturity is expressed at an elite level here – a gift of the terroir and its interpreters. The acidity is striking, driving a deep, sorbet-like finish. Drink now.
WineAdvocate/Robert Parker - September 2020 || 96 points - Disgorged in October 2019, Larmandier-Bernier's 2013 Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Les Chemins d'Avize is showing brilliantly, unfurling in the glass with a lovely nose of citrus oil, fresh apricot, peach and pear, complemented by hints of fresh walnuts and almond paste. Full-bodied, deep and vinous, it's layered and elegantly muscular, with a concentrated core of ripe fruit, racy acids and a long, mineral finish. Pierre Larmandier invariably excels in cool, late growing seasons, so the 2013 vintage was perfectly adapted to his talents.
The Champagne Guide - Tyson Stelzer, 2014-2015: LES CHEMINS D'AVIZE Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2009 : Disgorged on the spot without dosage, hence is unscored, but worthy of at least 95 points.
|Character:||Fein & Elegant, Warmherzig & Lebensbejahend|
|Dosage:||Extra Brut 1-3g/l|
|Grape variety:||Blanc de Blancs|
|Region:||Côte des Blancs|
|Pot. Allergene:||Enthält Schwefel, kann Spuren von Eiweiß und Milch enthalten|
|Herstelleradresse:||Champagne Larmandier-Bernier, 19 Avenue du general de Gaulle, 51130 Vertus, Frankreich|
|Bio Zertifizierung:||Larmandier-Bernier - Kontrollnr: CER-OPT19269-C135031|