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.
Two reserve vintages are blended in, giving more complexity and oomph. The reserve wines now make up 40% of the blend, with 60% of that barrel aged. 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. Biodynamic fruit from vines averaging 30 years of age. Naturally fermented (on lees) in a mixture of vessels. Malolactic fermentation is partially completed.
The NV Extra Brut Ultradition, the entry-level wine in this range, is wonderfully deep and fleshy, with plenty of Meunier character driving the blend. Dried pear, chamomile and spice are some of the notes that open in the glass. Generous and inviting, the Ultradition has plenty to offer. This release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Drink it over the next few years. 91 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous