It is not by tradition that this domaine practises natural vine-growing but rather by common sense. The creation of a great Champagne, like all great wine, starts at the vine. The grape carries all the assets and authenticity that no man could ever imagine, Pierre and Sophie Larmandier understood that and have been working on biodynamic principle for about 20 years. Old vines, soil work, measured production, self sufficient vine without fertiliser forced into them and manual grape picking when maturity is reached. With few or no dosage, the Champagnes there, highlight the full expression of the terroir. The 16 hectares of vines, 33 years old on average cover around fifty plots located on terroirs of the Côte des Blancs : Vertus Classified Premier Cru and Cramant, Chouilly, Oger, Avize, all classified Great Vintages. Cultivated with respect for the terroir (ploughing to favor deep rooting and to protect soil’s life) and also with respect for the plant balance all along the growing period, the vineyard is planted in majority with Chardonnay and with some Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
Willing to achieve refined work, Pierre set up his winery in Vertus in 2002 and acquired there 4 ha of vines. Vines unspoiled by weed killer or muddy environment. The soil has always been ploughed. Almost a miracle for the area. This move was the opportunity to get rid of all stainless steel tanks and barrels, Pierre imposed a majority of oak casks, more adapted to enhance the terroir. Today, the Larmandier-Bernier champagnes have reached an almost incomparable quality and requirement in the area and remain mostly affordable. Brilliant, sophisticated, frank, digest, gourmet... Endless glowing terms to describe the house hard work achievement.