Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut

Laherte Freres

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Snapshot
Vintage: NV
Bottle sizes: 375 ML, 750 ML, 1.5 L
Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Champagne
Wine type: Sparkling
Varietals: White Blend
Varietal notes: 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: This Champagne comes from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs
Soil: Clay topsoils, chalky subsoils
Viticulture: Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vineyard: 28 years
Vinification: 2012 base vintage; grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in vats and barrels according to grape varieties and plots. Malolactic fermentation partly made.
Aging: Ageing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time
Notes: A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier from the unique terroirs of Chavot and sourrounding vineyards in the Vallee de la Marne and Cotes de Blancs.This NV cuvee has lovely fruit, great cut and is among the great values in Champagne today.
Ratings
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 92
Well-spiced and mouthwatering, this vivid Champagne offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey. Clean-cut and minerally on the finish. Disgorged Dec. 2014. Drink now through 2020.—A.N.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 90
The NV Brut Ultradition is made from the exact same base blend as the Extra Brut Ultradition, but comes across as noticeably more tense and austere despite the higher dosage vis-à-vis the Extra Brut version, which once again shows that the relationship between perceived sweetness and dosage is not at all linear. (The slightly earlier disgorgement relative to that wine should have added further softness). White orchard fruit, citrus confit and floral notes abound in a bright, chiseled Champagne. The Brut Ultradition is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, based on the 2014 vintage, with the addition of 40% reserve wines from 2013 and 2012. Dosage is 7 grams/liter. Disgorged: August 2015.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 92+
The current release of Laherte Frères non-vintage Ultradition Brut is composed from an atypical and highly attractive cépages of sixty percent pinot meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir and was finished with a dosage of six to eight grams per liter. This is from the base year of 2012 and the wine is outstanding, offering up a very refined, meunier dominated constellation of white peach, loads of spring flowers, chalky soil tones, gentle smokiness and a dollop of brioche in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullbodied and extremely elegant, with a fine core, superb soil signature, refined mousse and a very long, complex and dancing finish. This is a beautiful bottle of non-vintage Brut! 2017-2035.