Laherte Frères, Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Brut Nature
100% Chardonnay grown near the estate in Chavot and Epernay. 30+ year old vines. Practicing organic viticulture.
Soils are composed of clay, sand and crushed chalk lying over hard limestone chalk bedrock.
50% from the harvest preceding bottling (currently 2015)blended with 50% reserve wines from the two prior harvests. Partial malolactic fermentation takes place, depending on the harvest, while aging in oak foudres and burgundy barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Bottling and prise de mousse take place in the springtime following most recent harvest.
This is focused and taut, its notes of grapefruit pith, apple and nectarine backed by succulent acidity and a broad, earthy minerality. It shows an excellent balance as a non-dosé, with impressive length and depth on the finish, and overall this feels more harmonious and more expressive than the Ultradition.
Peter Liem, www.champagneguide.net