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Laherte Freres, Champagne Les Grandes Crayeres Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, 2017

$97.99
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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 94
"Taken from two parcels in Chavot planted in 1953 and 1978, Laherte's 2017 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères 1er Cru is a wine of subtlety and nuance. There is a feeling of translucence here that is so appealing. The 2017 doesn't quite have the resonance of last year's release but it is very fine nonetheless. Pretty floral notes linger. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged." -Vinous

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

VARIETALS
Chardonnay
ORGANIC
Practicing
BIODYNAMIC
Practicing
VINEYARD
Two very chalky plots of massale selection vines in the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay
SOIL
Chalk close to the surface, very little topsoil
VITICULTURE
Organically farmed, all work in tandem with Mother Nature's rhythms.
VINIFICATION
Natural fermentation in 3-6 year old barrels. Light lees stirring; no malolactic fermentation.
AGING
Bottling in April-May, like other wines. 30 months on lees in bottles. Minimum 9 months after disgorgment before commercial release. Disgorged: February 2020

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    2017

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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