Vineyard: Pinot Noir vines from the Montagne de Reims.
Soil: Soils with clay & silts, limestone subsoils
Viticulture: Vineyards farmed organically with exceptional care and attention to detail, soils are worked; optimal maturity is key.
Vinification: Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in neutrsl barrels from Burgundy No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged 19 months in barrel; no malo, 4 gr/l dosage; disgorged December 2015
Production: 2,994 bottles (250 12pks)
Notes: Aurelien Laherte's first Blanc de Noirs Champagne made from 100% Pinot Noir! "Les Longues Voyes" translates to "The Long Way", which refers not only to the 30km distance of the vines from the Laherte estate, but also the 19 months of barrel ageing. With a richness and complexity that we have come to expect from Laherte Freres, The Long Way is worth the wait!
A new wine in the range, the 2012 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru is soft, open-knit and appealing. Orange peel, lightly honeyed notes, chamomile, hazelnut and red Pinot fruit are all laced together nicely. Overall, the Longues Voyes is a distinctly understated wine. The volatile acidity is a touch elevated, while the wine lacks the depth and overall persistence of the more complete wines in the range. The Longues Voyes is fermented in barrel and also sees an élevage of 19 months in oak, which is on the long side and may ultimately contribute to the wine's slightly hollow mid-palate feel. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: December 2015.