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A magically good rosé Champagne from Larmandier-Bernier

ChampagnePosted by Per-Olof Diderot Mon, June 04, 2012 20:12:22

(Picture from www.larmandier.com)

In the southern part of Cote-des-Blancs is the village Vertus. There you will find a family-owned Champagne house that you must visit sometime in your life. The estate is runned by Pierre and Sophie Larmandier who has done an outstanding job of creating Champagne in a sustainable way and adding style and elegance in an aesthetic package.

Last summer I had the great honor to visit the house and taste my way through their delightful bubbly bottles. Already when we came into the house I was so impressed with the design of the room and the choice of furnish. A fastidious lovely aesthetic that signals a great awareness of everything you do. My first thought was that if they managed to pass these signals in to their Champagnes I'm sold for life...

After trying my way through their exquisite Champagnes I was hooked especially for one who immediately got all my attention and true heart.

In Champagne most rosé is produced by blending white wine with some red wine from Champagne (Coteaux Champenois appellation). Their Rose de saignée, on the other hand, is produced by direct maceration of only Pinot Noir grapes. This method of vinification is more demanding and requires grapes with an excellent degree of maturity.

Because of the unusual production method, a great loving reddish color is presented. The scent is like mom's homemade strawberry juice laced with a little blood orange. And the taste is just too good to be true. Fine fruit with luscious raspberry and strawberry flavours complemented with fresh citrus. The taste is in for a long time together with final creaminess. I am so happy to find that it is by far the best rosé Champagne I've ever tested. Virgin fruit combined with style, elegance and great charisma. Everything holds together in all small details and I can only congratulate Pierre and Sophie to an outstanding result. A Champagne to love and drink with your loved one...

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