Guy Larmandier, Grand Cru Cramant "Signé François" Blanc de Blancs
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Guy Larmandier, Grand Cru Cramant "Signé François" Blanc de Blancs - 2011

Item # 11442 750mL

Larmandier’s prestige cuvée is produced from their oldest parcels of Chardonnay in the grand cru village of Cramant alongside a small holding in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly. After the first fermentation, the wine was bottled and aged sur latte for 5 years before disgorgement. A vintage Champagne to enjoy at the table and if you're patient, in many years to come.

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Larmandier’s Tete de Cuvee is from old parcels of Chardonnay in the Grand Cru village of Cramant (and a small bit from Chouilly). Dense fruit, including poached pear, figs, apples and meyer lemon round out a palate of depth and bredth. Cramant's chalk soils are on full display, providing structure, texture and a lightly salty finish. It spends a full five years on the lees before disgorgement and has zero dosage, but you'd never even know given its extraordinary depth and richness. I'm continually impressed with old vine Champagne and this cuvee is no exception.

- EG



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