Larmandier-Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut GC


Vintage: 2010
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: Chardonnay
Biodynamic: Certified
Vineyard: Sourced from two parcels in the village of Avize -- Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny. These vineyards previously contributed to the Longitude cuvee.
Soil: Chalk and clay.
Viticulture: The vines are farmed biodynamically and the grapes are harvested by hand.
Vinification: Pierre & Sophie purchased a smaller press in 2009 in order to vinify these small Avize parcels separately. Natural yeast fermentation in used barriques and old foudres.
Aging: The wine is left on its lees during the winter and aged in the cool cellars, disgorged 6 months prior to release. 2 grams dosage.
Production: Limited.
Notes: This vintage cuvee was a long time coming! Pierre knew for many years that his Avize vineyards were unique expressions of the village and merited a terroir cuvee like those of Vertus and Cremant. Historically, the vineyards of Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny contributed to the Longitude cuvée, but in 2009 Pierre and SOphie purchased a smaller press to allow them to vinify the juice from these parcels separately. It is fermented in small Austrian oak barrels and receives only 2 grams of dosage.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 95
One of the highlights in this range, the 2010 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Chemins d'Avize Grand Cru is a total knock-out. Lemon peel, flowers, mint and white pepper are some of the many notes that race out of the glass. Vibrant, powerful and beautifully sculpted, the Chemins d'Avize oozes character. Powerful and yet also light on its feet, the 2010 is a striking wine to drink now and over the next handful of years. This is an especially vinous, powerful expression of the Côte des Blancs. Chemins d'Avize is a blend of fruit from the Chemin de Plivot and Chemin de Flavigny lieux-dits. The 2010 was vinified and aged in oak barrels of various sizes and bottled with 2 grams of dosage. Disgorged: June 2016.