Profile of Larmandier-Bernier

One of the true stars of the Champagne region, Larmandier-Bernier is a small, top class producer creating consistently excellent Champagne under the guise of its passionate owner and winemaker, Pierre Larmandier. Pierre, like all quality-conscious winemakers around the world, believes in keeping the human input to a minimum and letting the terroir speak volumes. The results are astounding: intense, minerally and exquisite Champagnes to satisfy even the most unforgiving of critics.

The Larmandier and Bernier families have an unrivaled understanding of their terroir, having produced Champagne since the days of the French Revolution. Each generation lovingly cultivated vines, passing on their know-how to future wine growers. After centuries of working closely together, they finally joined forces in 1971 with the marriage of Philippe Larmandier and Elisabeth Bernier. Viola, the Larmandier-Bernier Champagne house was born. Philippe worked hard to forge an enviable reputation for quality and today his hard work is continued by his son Pierre and his wife Sophie. Pierre took over the mantle of the winemaker in 1988 and by 1992 he began to move the family vineyards over to organic cultivation. He is passionately committed to letting nature work its magic and since 1999 every vineyard is managed biodynamically.

Larmandier-Bernier is a shining example of an estate that produces world-class wines from their skill in the vineyard, rather than using parlor tricks in the cellar. Pierre and his team work monumentally hard, using biodynamic methods to produce the finest possible fruit in each vintage. The proof is in the wines, some of the finest and profound expressions of Champagne with impeccable balance and clean, fruit-driven finesse. Not to mention the beautiful property with its immense cavernous cellar and an always warm reception from Pierre and Sophie. We can think of no better reference point for Champagne!

Wines produced

  • Champagne Tradition Premier Cru Extra Brut (dry)

    15% Pinot Noir, 85% Chardonnay from Grand Cru Vineyards. Pinot Noir sourced from Premier Cru vineyards in the Vertus district. Maturation in bottle.

  • Champagne Blancs De Blancs Premier Cru Extra Brut (dry)

    Cru vineyards in the Vertus, Avize, Cramant and Oger districts. Maturation in bottle.

  • Champagne Terre De Vertus Premier Cru Non dose

    100% Chardonnay. Chardonnay from Premier Cru vineyards in the Vertus district. No additional wine added after disgorging. Maturation in bottle.

  • Champagne Vielle Vignes de Cramant Grand Cru Extra Brut Millesime

    100% Chardonnay. Chardonnay from extremely old vineyards in the Cramant district. Extended maturation in bottle.

  • Champagne Rose de Saignee Premier Cru Extra Brut

    100% Pinot Noir. Produced from Premier Cru vineyards in the Vertus district. Rose style Champagne. Maturation in bottle.

  • Vertus Rouge Coteaux Champenois Premier Cru

    100% Pinot Noir. The only still red wine produced on the property. Fermentation in oak barrels. Maturation in bottle.

Winery details

Larmandier-Bernier

19 avenue du général de Gaulle
51130 VERTUS
France
Tel +33 (0) 3 26 52 13 24
Fax +33 (0) 3 26 52 21 00

Appellation
Champagne
Founded
1971
Area under vine
16 hectares
Age of vines
30 years+
Oak barrel origin
French
Winemaker
Pierre Larmandier
Owner
Larmandier-Bernier Family
Production
130,000 bottles per annum
Grape varietals
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

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