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Champagne Laherte Frères

Champagne Laherte Frères Blanc de Blanc Brut Nature NV

Champagne Collection by Philglas & Swiggot

  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: NV
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Origin: Champagne/ France
  • Grapes:  Chardonnay 

Description

Laherte & Frères are based in Chavot-Courcourt just to the south of Epernay in an area that falls between the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. In 2002 brothers Thierry and Christian, were joined by Thierry’s son Aurélien who now heads the domaine and represents the seventh generation of the family to grow vines in the area.

Aurélien is part of a dynamic young generation of vignerons making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven Champagnes, adopting a natural approach to viticulture. Along with his friend Raphaël Bérèche, Aurélien founded the Terres et Vins group of Champagne producers in 2009, showcasing at a superb tasting every April the champagnes and vins clairs of the most recent harvest from a group of cutting-edge growers, including Agrapart, Chartogne-Taillet and Benoit Lahaye.

The family have 10ha of vines split into no less than 75 parcels in ten different villages, although 81% are within five minutes’ drive of Chavot. Aurélien identifies no less than 27 terroirs in Chavot. 'Our wines show more influence of clay than those in the Côte des Blancs, yet they are chalkier than those of the rest of the Vallée de la Marne', remarks Aurélien. In order to preserve these fine-grained nuances of terroir they are all pressed separately. Pinot meunier accounts for 61.29% of all productive vines in the Marne valley, and not surprisingly Laherte’s main Champagne Ultradition includes 60% pinot meunier.

Aurélien makes this really good Blanc de Blancs from mid-slope vineyards in Chavot and Epernay where the vines average 32yo. It comes from a blend of 50% 2015, 35% 2014 and 15% 2013 and was oak aged in a mix of foudres and barrels with no malos. The reserve wine helps to give an extra richness and depth to the wine – it has good weight of fruit and on the palate there is a nice play between a marrowy, protein quality, a structure that comes from clay soils, good tension and a brisk (brut nature) saline depth from the chalk.

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