Laherte Freres Rose de Saignee Les Beaudiers Extra Brut [2013]

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Snapshot
Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: Pinot Meunier
Organic: Certified
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: This Rosé de Saignée is produced with the Pinot Meunier grape variety which comes from plots situated in "Les Beaudiers". We use traditional and cultural methods which include short pruning for a limited production; this is a manual and careful work with regular ploughing so as to obtain healthy grapes. Our know-how and the quality of our Terroir make this wine unique.
Viticulture: Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by natural philosophy and dynamics methods.
Vinification: Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen with a precise selection. Destemming and maceration for 12 to 16 hours depending on the years. Alcoholic fermentation (with natural yeast) in barrels, aged of 4 years minimum. No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Ageing for 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time
Notes: Old vines (planted in 1953, 1958 and 1965) in the low-yielding parcel of Les Baudiers planted to Meunier, but the occasional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Fromonteau vines are found in the vineyard as well. Extremely careful, meticulous work is done in the vineyard to obtain the healthiest grapes. Destemming and maceration of 12-16 hours, primary fermentation in barrel, no malo, aged minimum of 4 years, dosed at 0-5 gr/l depending on the vintage. Aurelien seeks a vinous and textured wine but with delicacy and lift for a rosé de saignée.
Ratings
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 93
The NV (2012) Extra Brut VV Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers is sourced from parcels planted in 1965, 1858 and 1953 predominantly with Meunier, although a few other varieties are also found among the rows. Sweet tobacco, earthiness, pomegranate, and blood orange are some of the many nuances that develop in the glass. The 2012 is a deep wine, but extended time in barrel seems to soften some of the contours. The juice spends about 12-16 hours on the skins and the wine is aged for two years in barrel, which is quite long by Champagne standards. Dosage is 3 grams per liter. Disgorged: February 2016.