2009 Larmandier-Bernier "Terre de Vertus" Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature Champagne

SKU #1167504 94 points Vinous

 Rich and explosive to the core, the 2009 Blanc de Blancs Terre de Vertus races across the palate with tons of depth and power. Dried apricots, honey, wild flowers and anise all blossom in the glass, but the 2009 is first and foremost a wine of structure. A creamy, textured finish rounds things out nicely. The combination of a ripe year and the non-dosage style work beautifully. The Terre de Vertus emerges from the Les Barillers and Les Faucherets lieux-dits. The Terre de Vertus is non-dosé. (AG)  (11/2014)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 White golden in color, the 2009 Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru Brut Nature Terre de Vertus offers a very pure and delicate but also intense bouquet of stewed apples with lemon flavors, a touch of vanilla creme and a lovely iodine character as well. Filigreed, highly elegant and silky on the palate, this is a fruit intense but also a firmly structured and persistent vintage Champagne of great finesse. Lovely walnut and yeasty flavors in the aftertaste. Great harmony. Delicious. (SR)  (3/2016)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, bright yellow. Offers an array of lively citrus and orchard fruit aromas and flavors, with chalky mineral and floral notes adding vivacity and lift. The palate boasts excellent clarity and depth, with exotic mace and green tea nuances coming up with aeration. Closes taut and spicy, with echoing floral character and excellent mineral-driven focus and length. (JR)  (12/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Tightly knit, with racy acidity and a lacy, frothy bead, this offers a subtle palate of pear, slivered almond, biscuit and preserved lemon. Firm, creamy finish. (AN, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

This all-Chardonnay, all-estate Champagne is super exciting, and any real Champagne fan should try it at least once! This brut zero does not come across as austerely dry, but is rather rich due the exceptional ripeness of the two plots in Vertus that this wine is sourced from and the broadness of the 2009 harvest. I can't wait to take one of these home for sushi and Champagne, as this special bottle gets the balance between precision and pleasure exactly right. Don't miss this one! (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne buyer)

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