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Facts: Guy Larmandier, Cuvée Signé François, Millésimé 2007, brut
🌐 Region: Vertus, Champagne
🇫🇷 Country: France
🍾 Variety: Champagne
🍇 Grape varieties: 100% Chardonnay
🌶️ Taste: brut
📅 Vintage: 2007
📅 Disgorgement date: –
🥂 Alcohol: 12,0%
🍭 Sugar content: 6 g/l
⚠️ Total acidity: –
💰 Price: 35,00 €
🏆 Rating: FLOP
🥂 Drink of the day: 06 Juni 2020
I bought Guy Larmandier, Cuvée Signé François, Millésimé 2007, brut in Epernay in one of the small shops. It was therefore n to tesot possible to testt it.
The cellars of Champagne Guy Larmandier are in Vertus. This is located in the Cote des Blancs, in the south, in Champagne.
It’s a family business and they are individual growers. The grapes are generally harvested by hand. For the Cuvée Signé François, they come from the best location in Cramant. Not to be confused with crément. Crément is a sparkling wine, made with the tradiational method but outside Champagne region.
Guy Larmandier, Cuvée Signé François, Millésimé 2007, brut matured for at least 5 years before being disgorged. However, there is no disgorging date on the bottle.
Fairly light yellow for a champagne that is over 10 years old and at least 5 of them were on the lees. Very large mousseux that fills the moth in an unpleasant way. The sparkling got finer later. The taste didn’t get any better.
Boring. Sour green apple. I miss yeast notes. No smell of ripeness and brioche.
Light and thin. Bodyless. Lots of green apple, mineral notes with a slightly salty finish. In addition, there is nothing that indicates that the champagne is 13 years old. Flat salty aftertaste.
There is nothing buttery and creamy in the glass that is typical for aged Chardonnay.
No taste development after the champagne has had some time to breathe.
Not good in the big wine glass. Slightly better in a champagne flute and with food.
POP or FLOP
No disgorgement date. The cork form shows that the bottle had time to mature after disgorgement. The champagne wasn’t freshly disgorged when I bought it 2 years ago.
After 13 years in the bottle, the result is disappointing. The base wine was probably not the best if the result afterwards is mediocre champagne.