Waris-Larmandier is the project of three siblings. Jean-Philippe Waris, the eldest, has headed farming and winemaking at the estate since 2009, informed by biodynamic methods he learned while studying with Champagne maestro Benoit Lahaye. Not long after Jean-Philippe took over, his sister Inés and brother Pierre-Louis returned to the family’s hometown of Avize. Everything about the project is homespun, down to the labels designed by Inés that pay tribute to mother and previous proprietor Marie-Hélène’s flower beds.
“Racine de Trois” translates to “root of three,” and in this case it has a triple meaning. It refers to the three siblings who make it, the three historic grape varieties of Champagne, and the three regions of Champagne that provide grapes for this blend. In the cuvée, the Chardonnay comes from the Côtes des Blancs, the Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims, and the Meunier from Côte des Bar. All of the fruit is farmed biodynamically. The result of this approach is to provide a panoramic snapshot of Champagne, a distillation of the region at its best.
From a flavor perspective, the Racine de Trois is defined by its balance. Fruit and toastiness, richness and acidity, breadth and linearity: all are in perfect harmony. With so much finesse and elegance, you can pair it with just about anything or simply enjoy it on its own.