Option 2: Rosé Champagne
Our Rosé of choice is
Rosé de Saignée by Larmandier-Bernier, one of the pioneers of the biodynamic grower movement, and rated as one of Champagne’s top five producers by Andrew Jefford in ‘The New France’. Pierre Larmandier’s family have held vinyards in the Côte des Blancs since the French Revolution. He eliminated herbicides in 1992, going organic and biodynamic – a rare combination given only 2% of vinyard area is certified organic. Their holdings – up to 70 years old – are located in Vertus, at the Southern tip of the Côte des Blancs, with vinyards in Cramant, Chouilly, Oger & Avize.
Here’s why we love it:
“This wine is drawn entirely from what is thought to be the oldest Pinot Noir vines in Vertus, and one of the very last 100% Pinot vineyards. As with all of Larmandier’s wines it’s naturally fermented. This is one of Champagne’s wow wines, a wine repeatedly compared to a light bodied Chambolle-Musigny, a wine that can stop drinkers in their tracks. So fine and pretty yet equally intense with rose and red fruit aromas and flavours, a bright, juicy and chalky personality and the depth to go with grilled salmon or roast duck.” – Robert Walters, author of ‘Champagne, A Secret History’
“The Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes are some of the purest and most utterly engaging wines being made in the region today. I can’t recommend them highly enough.” Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate
“Pierre and Sophie Larmandier craft dramatic, vinous wines of real personality and class. Sustainable farming practices, indigenous fermentations and aging in cask are some of the cornerstones of an approach that yields distinctly potent, textured wines full of character.” Antonio Galloni, Vinous