Vineyard: Chardonnay from vineyards south of the village of Vertus where Pinot was historically planted and where the clay topsoil is deeper and terroirs is thought to be richer.
Orientation: Multiple sites, varied exposure
Soil: Chalk and limestone. Deeper layer of clay topsoil.
Viticulture: The vineyards are farmed biodynamically and all grapes are hand harvested
Vinification: Natural yeaest fermentation in a combination of large cask and stainless steel. Sur lie in the winter, blended and bottled without fining or filtration, 4 grams dosage.
Aging: 70 % from 2011; 30% reserve wines. Disgorged May 2014,
Notes: Previously, this cuvée was called "Tradition", a name that was chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents.
The new name Latitude was selected since the wine is composed exclusively of Chardonnays originating from the same latitude: the south of Vertus, where Pinot noir was historically planted. This is a generous terroir resulting in a round, rich, charming style, which still retains the characteristic pureness of the estate’s Champagnes. Pierre bielieves the wine possesses "pinot-like" characteristics such as red fruit flavors and bredth on the palate -- despite it being 100% Chardonnay -- which he attributes to this unique terroir.
The NV Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude 1er Cru is a big, vinous wine. Bold, ample and large on the palate, the Latitude exudes power. Dried apricot, roasted nuts and spices are pushed forward in a rich, creamy wine that reflects the personality of these clay-rich soils on the southern edge of Vertus. With time in the glass, the Latitude gains freshness, volume and intensity. The current release is 60% 2013, with 40% reserve wines. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: January 2016.