- Reference #:
- 13 ABV
- Bottles per Case
- 6 bottles
Laherte Freres Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Les Grappes Dorees
This cuvée come from the Terroir Premier Cru of the Côte des Blancs. The elegant minerality comes from the chalky soil and the excellent maturity brings rich flavours and complex structure. This is a perfect representation of the purity and energy coming from this area . The vines are grown with the respect of nature, using organic and biodynamic practices.
This wine is 100% Chardonnay with around 30% of the cuvee being made up of reserve wines from previous vintages aged in barrels on the lees.
All of the grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, then put in a traditional press. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in vats, foudres and barrels. There is full malolactic fermentation in this cuvee. Ageing on lees takes place for 6 months. All bottles are disgorged by hand with a dosage of 8.5g/l.
Bronze medal at the Decanter awards.
Laherte Frères was founded in the nineteenth century with current winemaker Aurélien representing the 7th Generation. They own nine hectares of land spread over ten communes and an astonishing seventy different parcels. Vineyards are currently farmed biodynamically or are in the process of conversion. The family holdings are mainly located around Épernay, nearby Chavot (where the winery is located), Moussy and Vaudancourt. In addition, they own parcels in the Côte des Blancs and the Marne Valley. They cultivate all three main varieties with Pinot Meunier very well represented as one would expect given the local terroir. Primary ferments are mostly in wood - small barrels and foudres - with only partial malolactic and 6 months lees aging before secondary ferment. Dosage is kept low and each wine is carefully crafted to see the varieties used best exploit the estate’s patchwork of fine terroir.
“These Champagnes reinforce my strongly held view that Aurélien Laherte is one of the most talented vignerons of his generation in Champagne. The range this year is truly stellar. Readers who have not tasted these Champagnes owe it to themselves do so. Aurélien Laherte is young, passionate and humble. It is only a matter of time before he is recognized as one of Champagne’s elite vignerons. As for the wines, they are spectacular”. Antonio Galloni, Vinous