Benoit Lahaye, Champagne Grand Cru Brut Nature, NV

Available for Same Day Delivery (or Pickup) in Manhattan.
A blend of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay from the grand cru villages of Bouzy (80%) and Ambonnay (20%), this is laser-sharp and steely in its minerality. Aged sur latte for approximately 30 months, the current release is a blend of 50% 2015, and 50% of: 2012, 2013, 2014 vintages. Zippy, fresh and immensely chalky, this is a Champagne to wow the senses.
  • Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens: Free on $149+ orders, otherwise $12.99 per case.
  • Rest of New York State: $12.99 per case.
  • CT, NJ & DC: $12.99 per case on $149+ orders, otherwise $29.99 per case.
  • Rest of US: $29.99 per case.
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  • Wine is stored in our refrigerated store cellar.
  • Some fine and rare wine is displayed in our physical store in Eurocaves.
  • Current vintages are sourced from authorized importers or dealers in Europe.
  • All wine transported across the ocean in refrigerated boats.
  • Older vintages may be srouced from private clients where we are confident of correct storage conditions.

Benoit Lahaye

Benoit Lahaye has made small quantities of his delicious Champagne from his family vines, which he has farmed without pesticides since the mid-'90s. He began to go organic in 1996, has been certified organic since 2007 and biodynamic since 2010. Today he plows with a horse.

It all sounds almost like a cliché of the natural winemaker. But the wines are anything but clichéd. The farming has allowed him to achieve ripeness levels that he says would otherwise be impossible. That in turn allows him to make wines lower in dosage (and even Brut Nature) that express themselves purely without sacrificing any of their pretty charm.

In fact, while the Lahaye wines are beautiful expressions of their Montagne de Reims terroir, they also have the spectacularly drinkable character that the French call "buvabilité." These are wines that you could contemplate, but will find yourself drinking. Very happily.

Of course, quantities are very small. With only 4.8 hectares and a huge following in France we get very little Lahaye in America. And we seem to be getting less all the time. But they are absolutely wines worth searching out.