Laherte Frères is the benchmark Champagne grower from the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay. Their style of wine is creamier and generally with more fruit generosity than the more famous Côte des Blancs. It’s a deliciously textured and yet racy style of Champagne.
Most of the Estate is biodynamically farmed with the remaining sites managed organically, the soils cultivated and no herbicides or pesticides used. The high standards continue in the cellar. Aurèlien Laherte uses the traditional Coquard wooden Champagne presses. He has two of these (very unusual for an Estate of this small size), which allows him to press more quickly and to keep small parcels separate. The wines are moved only by gravity. Fermentation occurs with natural yeast and more than 80 percent of the wine is fermented and matured in large foudres and old barriques.
Working with oak allows Aurèlien to ferment and mature all the different parcels of fruit separately. This focus on terroir expression, the use of traditional barrel ageing to help the wines express themselves, the meticulous viticulture along with the unique terroir of the Coteaux d’Épernay, are the keys to understanding these expressive and delicious wines.
Pack contains 1 bottle each of the following, plus a copy of Robert Walters’ superb book “Champagne – A Secret History” RRP $25.
Laherte’s entry level Champagne continues its skywards trajectory. It’s simply a top value grower wine: bright, pure and juicy with loads of delicious, jubey and red apple Meunier fruit. The quality delivered for this price is outstanding.
Incredibly subtle and fine. Complex aromas of citrus, cut hay, white flowers, honey, white chocolate and nougat. The palate is a beguiling mix of pure fruit and mineral tension. Pillow soft in the mouth with great energy and freshness. One of the finest NV Champagnes on the market, at any price point. Serve this in a Burgundy glass.
Laherte Freres makes interesting and compelling Champagnes, offering ridiculous value and gorgeously pure flavours. The Rose de Meunier NV fits nicely with this statement. It’s an ethereal, elegantly dancing Champagne of exquisite refinement. Strawberry, red apple, raspberry and savoury spices. The palate is so pure, no doubt due to the estate’s biodynamic practices. Very elegant, savoury and subtle palate of red fruits, minerals and white balsamic. Compelling wine. Unique.