Soil: Limestone soils and sometime with a presence of fine silts and chalk in surface. Chalky subsoils.
Viticulture: Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Vines are over 30 years
Vinification: 50% 2012, 50% reserve wine; grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in foudres and barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Malolactic fermentation partly made. Ageing during 6 months followed by a light filtration before bottling during the spring time
Notes: From the family's chalkiest soils in Chavot and Epernay comes this racy and finesseful Blancs de Blancs, the only one in the Laherte lineup. This is a thirst quencher AND a wine for the Champagne congnescenti!
The current release of Laherte Frères Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is from the base year of 2012, which makes up fifty percent of the blend, with the rest comprised of reserve wines from the previous year, which are kept in cask, rather than stainless steel tank prior to blending. All of the vins clairs are barrel-fermented and aged for seven months prior to bottling in the spring following the harvest. The bouquet is excellent, wafting from the glass in a mix of pear,
fresh almond, chalky soil tones, gentle smokiness and brioche. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and beautifully balanced, with elegant mousse, fine focus and complexity and a long, zesty and refined finish. Fine, fine juice. 2017-2035.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature bottling from the Laherte family is excellent this year. This too is a blend of base year 2012 and reserve wines from 2011, which are aged for a year in barrel. The wine is superb on the nose, offering up an aromatic constellation of pear, apple, brioche, chalky soil tones, white flowers and a lovely topnote of lemon zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very refined on the attack, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, bright, well-integrated acids and lovely grip on the long and complex finish. This is an exquisitely balanced Brut Nature and eminently drinkable right out of the blocks. 2015-2030. - John Gilman