Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut Rose

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: 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Red wine
Organic: Practicing
Vineyard: Sourced from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs
Soil: Clay topsoil, chalky subsoils
Viticulture: Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vines: 25 years. More than 40 years for the parcels that are selected for the elaboration of our red wine
Vinification: 2012 base vintage; grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in vats, foudres and barrels. Malolactic fermentation partly made. Ageing for 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time
Aging: Ageing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time
Notes: A rose Champagne that can begin with oysters and end with dessert. Elegance is the name of the game here, and value is apparent from the very first sip!
Ratings
Publication: Wine Spectator
Rating: 92
Lightly fragrant, with floral and ripe pureed raspberry notes and accents of gingersnap biscuit, kumquat and graphite, framed by a chalky mouse and firm, focused acidity. Disgorged October 2014. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 91
The NV Brut Rosé Ultradition is gorgeous. Silky, nuanced and finely knit, the Ultradition offers an appealing combination of perfumed aromatics and silky fruit to match its delicate, understated personality. The Ultradition is the most approachable of the three Rosés in the range. Laherte sources old-vine fruit from seven different Pinot Noir and Meunier vineyards for the Ultradition. The wine is fermented and aged in oak, with partially blocked malolactic fermentation. Dosage is 7 grams per liter. Disgorged: September 2015.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 92
The Laherte Frères Ultradition non-vintage Brut Rosé is composed entirely of pinot meunier, which is fermented in a combination of tanks, older casks and foudres and spends seven months aging as vins clairs in cask prior to blending and bottling for its secondary fermentation. This is base year 2012 and was aged two and a half years sur latte prior to disgorgement. The dosage is 6.5 grams per liter. The wine is a beautiful cherry-salmon color and offers up a sophisticated bouquet of red berries, violets, a complex base of soil, rye bread, incipient smokiness and gentle meunier floral tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and laser-like in its focus, with a fine core, impeccable focus and balance, elegant mousse and a very long, complex and still fairly tightly-knit finish. This is approachable today, but is built to age and will be even better three to five years down the road. Impressive juice. 2017-2035+.