Waris-Larmandier

Situated in Avize, in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, Waris-Larmandier was founded in 1989 by 5th generation grower, Marie-Hélène Larmandier, and her husband Vincent Waris. Following Vincent's passing, Marie-Hélène continued with the business while also managing her family estate of Guy Larmandier. Their young son Jean-Philippe joined her in 2010, taking charge of the vineyards and the winemaking at Waris-Larmandier. He immediately began the conversion to organic and biodynamic farming practices in all of the family's 7ha of vineyards.

The domain’s holdings are primarily Grand Cru Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs in the villages of Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Oger, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. They also farm vineyards of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir in the Côte des Bars in the Aube, Aÿ Grand Cru in the Grande Vallée de la Marne & also the Montagne de Reims. Specialising in Blanc de Blancs wines, the Waris-Larmandier style is understated, structured and ultra-elegant.

Champagne has, in many ways, been a victim of its own success. The demand for Champagne is so strong and dependable that there have been few incentives to push the envelope. Farming practices have reflected this state of affairs; throughout the region, chemical inputs are used with abandon, and yields are pushed to the highest possible levels. This makes the work of Waris-Larmandier all the more impressive.

The young, dynamic Jean-Philippe is a passionate evangelist of better farming methods and absolute respect for each individual terroir, with an ultimate focus on site-specific Champagne. In addition to his efforts at Waris-Larmandier, he also owns a consulting company to help other vineyard managers convert to biodynamic agriculture. Jean-Philippe's quest for excellence has led him to experiment with lesser-known historic grape varieties, extended periods of aging, utilizing local barrels from Avize as well as separating single-vineyard parcels.