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. WWC, January 2019.
This bottling was disgorged, by hand, in October 2017 with just 2.5 g/L. This striking new rosé from Aurélien Laherte replaces his Ultradition rosé. It’s a blend of Meunier ‘done three ways’. 60% is made as a white (with 40% of this being reserve wines aged in barrels), then 30% of the blend is a saignée (macerated) rosé, and the remaining 10% is a full blown red wine. Based on the 2014 and 2015 harvests, the fruit comes from vines with an average age of 25 years, and more than 40 years for the parcels that make up the red wine. The wines are fermented and aged in a variety of vessels before being transferred to bottle for secondary fermentation. It is simply a delicious, complex and winey rosé and one of the best value Champagnes we know of. 92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, December 2017