Latitude is 100% Côte des Blancs Chardonnay from vineyards on the southern side of Vertus. These vineyards comprise rich clay in the soil and are on the same latitude, hence the name, which also hints at the breadth of texture that the wines from these sites express. A generous terroir and grapes picked fully ripe, Larmandier uses mostly large format casks using wood from Stockinger in Austria. The result is a superb texture, stone-fruited depth and pure minerality with that glorious citrusy, chalky energy the area is known for. The Latitude cuvée is the perfect festive Champagne, retaining the characteristic purity of the estate.
Located 150 km east of Paris, Champagne is the French wine region renowned for producing the finest, most rich and complex sparkling wines in the world. The elegance, longevity and racy acidity of these wines are attributed to the influence of the chalky soils of the region and the cool, marginal continental climate. The region spans an area of 35,000 ha and has 4 main growing areas, each favouring one of the three noble Champagne varieties; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Champagne has a vineyard quality hierarchy based on the soils, aspect and overall quality of the grapes. Like Burgundy, these quality designations are allocated to the vineyards of the village. Of the 319 villages of Champagne, 17 have Grand Cru status and 44 villages are designated Premier Cru. All Champagne is produced by Traditional Method. The vast majority of Champagne is a blend of the three varieties and may also be a blend of several vintages producing the popular Non Vintage (NV) house styles. Top quality blends from exceptional years are sold as Vintage (Millésime) Champagne.