Guy Larmandier established this domaine which, following his death, is now supervised by his wife, Colette, and their two children, Francois and Marie-Helene. Annual production is on the order of 90,000 bottles. Harvest is conducted manually, the Champagnes are aged a minimum of 36 months on the lees and the Champagnes destined for the US market are disgorged on order and receive a minimal dosage so as to emphasize the purity and finesse of this special terroir. The principal cuvées are:
|Vertus Brut Cote des Blancs 1er Cru: a cuvée dominated by Chardonnay but leavened by the elegant Pinot Noir grown in Vertus; a blend of two successive vintages aged for a minimum of 36 months before disgorgement.|
|Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs: exclusively from Chardonnay grown on the Grand Cru rated slopes of the village of Cramant; aged for a minimum of 36 months, this Champagne is a blend of two successive vintages; it expresses the exceptional finesse and delicacy as well as the piercing chalk-like minerality and high-toned aromatics of this remarkable Grand Cru.|
|Vertus Brut Rosé 1er Cru a Rosé: based on Chardonnay supplemented by the pinot noir (approximately 12% to 15% of the cuvée) of their Vertus Rouge which creates a dry, elegant but fruity Champagne.|
|Cramant Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Prestige: a vintage Champagne from the finest soils of the village of Cramant and drawn from the oldest vines of the family’s holdings; aged for sixty (60) months prior to being disgorged ; the ultimate expression of the terroir of this famed village.|
Today, in Vertus on the Cote des Blancs, we visited with Francois Larmandier of Champagne Guy Larmandier. The current release of his Vertus Brut Rose 1er Cru is from the 2013 harvest with a dosage of 6 grams for the USA, essentially the same cuvée as the Vertus Brut but with the addition of 10% red wine from Pinot Noir grown in the vineyards of Vertus to “tint” the Champagne. This is the current cuvée which arrives in our New York warehouse this week.