The 2016 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru is a dense, powerful Champagne built on vertical intensity. The dark, brooding side of Pinot emerges as the Longues Voyes starts to open in the glass. There is a real sense of gravitas here. Pear, white flowers, spice and almond are all nicely woven together. Even with all of that intensity, the 2016 retains gorgeous aromatic lift and freshness. I would give it a year or two in the cellar, as it is very tight. The Les Longues Voyes sees relatively long aging in barrel of 18 months. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Limited release. Disgorged February 2020. 100% Pinot Noir. This is just the third release of Aurélien Laherte’s Pinot Noir-based Blanc de Noirs. Les Longues Voyes translates as ‘the long way’, referring not only to the 25 km that you need to travel from the Laherte Estate to arrive at the vineyard, but also the wine’s extended aging: 18 months in barrel and 18-20 months in bottle.
The fruit is sourced from a single hectare of biodynamic vines in Chamery, in the Montagne de Reims, owned by a good friend of Aurélien Laherte’s. The 35-year-old vines are rooted in clay and silts over a limestone base. It’s made from a single four-tonne press of grapes which was naturally fermented and matured in old Clos des Epeneaux and Leroux barrels. There was no malo and the dosage was a low four grams per litre.