Laherte’s entry level Champagne continues its skywards trajectory. There are now two reserve vintages blended in, giving more complexity and oomph, and the reserve wines now make up 40% of the blend, with 60% of that barrel aged material. As usual, the blend is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from a total of seven different parcels across the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay and Vallée de la Marne. The fruit is all biodynamic and the vines average 30 years of age. Naturally fermented (on lees) in a mixture of vessels – inc. two 50hl Rousseau tronconique casks, old barrels, foudre and stainless. The malolactic fermentation is partially completed (around 60-70% on average). 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.