Grower Champagne Club – December 2017

Guy Larmandier, Cramant Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs, NV, $60
Champagne Guy Larmandier is located in the village of Vertus, in the Côte des Blancs. They have nine hectares of vineyards, in the Grand Cru villages of Chouilly and Cramant, and the Premier Cru villages of Vertus and Cuis. This Champagne is 100% Chardonnay, from Cramant. When we featured a previous version of it back in 2011, we detailed the complex winemaking history of this family. Larmandier Père et Fils was established in 1899. Françoise Larmandier and her husband Michel Gimonnet had a son, Didier, who now runs Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet. Françoise also had two brothers: Philippe, who founded Larmandier-Bernier, and Guy, who started the Guy Larmandier label. All of those are familiar faces in the shop, but this month we once again present Champagne Guy Larmandier. He has now passed away, and the house is supervised by his wife, Colette and heir children, François and Marie-Hélène. (By the way, Marie-Hélène, married Vincent Waris and, keeping with the family tradition, together they are proprietors of Champagne Waris Larmandier.) Guy Larmandier’s wines are known for their delicacy, finesse, and elegance and this one, sourced from select sites on the chalky soils of Cramant (the name actually means “chalk mount”) is aged three years on its lees, adding gorgeous texture and depth. With its flavors of white fruit and buttered toast, and long, creamy finish it is beautiful on its own, of course, or perfect with sushi or light seafood dishes.