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Laherte Freres, Champagne Les 7 Extra Brut, NV

$124.99

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Aurélien Laherte believes Champagne should be for everyone. We agree.

Along with childhood best friend and fellow rising star, Raphaël Bérèche, they formed Terre de Vins, a down to earth trade organization. They bring together like-minded growers for a yearly tasting of vin clair (still wine, pre-bubbles) and finished Champagne to showcase their progressive wines.

Aurélien makes wines of power and whimsy, decadence and tension. Maybe it is because of his biodynamic approach, maybe it was his training with Antoine Sélosse or maybe he is simply one of the best vignerons in Champagne. No matter the reason, take advantage of this newsletter only pricing to experience it for yourself.

All of his wines are aged in neutral barrels, do not go through malolactic fermentation and have just enough dosage to balance the wine and showcase the terroir.

Seventh generation winegrower Aurélien Laherte is part of a dynamic, young generation making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven Champagnes using a natural approach to viticulture and winemaking. Since taking the helm of his family’s estate in 2005, Aurelien has been a devoted practitioner of organic and biodynamic viticulture, striving to produce a lineup of blended and single-vineyard Champagnes that deeply expresses the identities of his unique terroirs. The vibrant, energetic and racy profile of Laherte Frères Champagnes has earned Aurélien a reputations as a rising star in the region.

Professional Reviews

Antonio Galloni

AG 92
"The NV Les 7 is a blend of the seven permitted varieties in Champagne based on 2015 with 40% of a perpetual solera that goes back to 2005. The combination of varieties and wines yields a Champagne of uncommon complexity. Dried pear, citrus peel, sage and herb notes build in in a bright, tense Champagne that grows in the glass, finishing with lovely textural balance and silkiness. Like so many wines based on 2015, Les 7 has a slight vegetal quality that is perceptible but not overpowering. Zero dosage. Disgorged: January 2018."

Robert Parker

RP 93
"The NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a singe-parcel field blend of all seven authorized grape varieties, which are picked, pressed and vinified together (natural fermentation and aging in oak, no malolactic). Lot L.15 is from a reserve perpétuelle [solera] that includes all the vintages between 2005 and 2014. The wine opens with a clear, intense yet fine and terribly fresh bouquet of ripe white and yellow-fleshed fruits along with some earthy noes. Full-bodied, mouth-filling and dry, this is a firmly structured cuvée that's still a bit austere, with rich extract and a long, fruity and still underdeveloped finish. This is so tight and mineral that I would keep it for another two, maybe three years."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VARIETALS
White Blend
VARIETAL NOTES
18% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay; 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier; 14% Pinot Noir, 10% Fromenteau 8% Arbanne
ORGANIC
Practicing
BIODYNAMIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
All seven indigenous grape varieties co-planted by Thierry Laherte in a 1.7 hectares pacel behind the winery in Chavot. This was intended to add to the heritage of the winery and serve as a "test plot" for better understanding the character and potential of the individual varieties.
SOIL
Chalky-clay soils with the presence of pebbles.
VITICULTURE
Farmed organically with biodynamic influences. Soils are worked with a horse and plow.
VINIFICATION
Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripe, then pressed. Natural alcoholic fermentation in neutral Burgundy barrels. No malolactic fermentation.
AGING
6 month elevage with regular stirring of the lees.Light filtration before bottling in spring. Dosage is 4 gr/l; disgorged « à la volée » (by hand)

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay , Petit Meslier , Pinot Blanc , Pinot Meunier

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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