Laherte Freres Les 7 Extra Brut

Laherte Freres

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Snapshot
Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: White Blend
Varietal notes: 18% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay; 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier; 14% Pinot Noir, 10% Fromenteau 8% Arbanne
Organic: Certified
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: All seven indigenous grape varieties co-planted by Thierry Laherte in a 1.7 hectares pacel behind the winery in Chavot. This was intended to add to the heritage of the winery and serve as a "test plot" for better understanding the character and potential of the individual varieties.
Soil: Chalky-clay soils with the presence of pebbles.
Viticulture: Farmed organically with biodynamic influences. Soils are worked with a horse and plow.
Vinification: Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripe, then pressed. Natural alcoholic fermentation in neutral Burgundy barrels. No malolactic fermentation. Blend of 60% current vintage and 40%: continous solera that was started in 2005.
Aging: 6 month elevage with regular stirring of the lees.Light filtration before bottling in spring. Dosage is 4 gr/l; disgorged « à la volée » (by hand)
Notes: This is a singular wine in the region as it is both a combination of all seven grape varieties AND 40% of the blend is from a continous solera started in 2005. There is an art to finding an acid and sugar balance across all seven grape varieties when determining picking dates, which is a challenge tht Aurelien embraces and appreciates. The resulting wine is dense, rich, racy and endlessy pleasing.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 93
As the name suggests, the NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne; Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau and Arbanne. Scents of lemon, grapefruit, chalk and white pepper abound in a finely-sculpted, nuanced Champagne endowed with real energy. White orchard fruit, slate and a host of mineral-infused nuances punctuate the super-expressive finish. One of the more understated wines in the range, the Les 7 delivers the goods, and then some. Readers who can find this deeply expressive, singular Champagne should not hesitate, as it is truly fabulous. The current release is based on 2013, with 40% juice from continuous solera blend that goes back to 2005, bottled with no dosage. Disgorged: December 2015.