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.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VARIETALSWhite BlendVARIETAL NOTES60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot NoirORGANICPracticingVINEYARDThis Champagne comes from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des BlancsSOILChalky subsoilsVITICULTURETraditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vineyard: 28 yearsVINIFICATIONGrapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in vats and barrels according to grape varieties and plots. Malolactic fermentation partly made.AGINGAgeing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time; ; 4.5 gr/l dosage.
Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!
Thanks to the folks at Flatiron I have been able to discover a number wonderful champaigns imported by Polaner.
The Laherte Freres Ultradition Extra Brut is just delicious. A touch of yeast and citrus on the nose. I tasted stone fruit, citrus, and strong minerality. This champaign is full bodied and so fresh. You can drink this wonderful champaign anytime with most anything.