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Laherte Freres Champagne Rose de Meunier NV

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Another superb value in a market where Rosé wines are getting more and more expensive. This bottling was disgorged, by hand, in March 2018 with just 2.5 g/L and is based on the 2014 and 2015 harvests. It's a blend of Meunier ?done three ways?. Firstly, 60% of the fruit is pressed off in the traditional way, making a white wine (40% of this being reserve wines aged in barrels). Then 30% of the blend is made as a saignée (macerated) rosé and the remaining 10% is made into a full-blown red wine. The fruit comes from vines with an average age of 25 years, and more than 40 years for the parcels that produce the red wine. The wines are fermented and aged in a variety of vessels - vats, foudre and old demi-muid barrels - before being transferred to bottle for secondary fermentation. In simple terms this is simply a delicious, complex and winey rosé, packed with red jube and grenadine fruit and iodine freshness. It is one of the best value Champagnes we know of. - Importer Note

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The ripples created by the young Aurèlien Laherte, since he joined his family’s Estate in 2002 have now grown into fully fledged waves. Since he has taken full control of the vineyards and the cellars (from 2007) this 30 year old's ever more distinctive, characterful wines have been calling us, like Homer's sirens, to the lesser travelled slopes south of Épernay. In recent times the temptation became too strong to resist.

The wines of Laherte Frères bring something unique and delicious to our suite of grower Champagne. This is our first grower from the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay (slopes to the south of Épernay) where they are certainly the benchmark. They are based in Chavot, where most of their vines are situated, but they also have some parcels in other villages of the Coteaux Sud area as well some tiny holdings in the Côte des Blancs and the Marne Valley. In total they have some 10 hectares broken up into an amazing 75 parcels. 

The distinctive, geologically complex terroir of Chavot and the Coteaux Sud d’Épernay in general is very different to the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims areas where our other growers are based, and the style of wine is creamier and with more fruit generosity (to generalise). It’s a deliciously textured and yet racy style of Champagne that quite adds another string to our Champagne bow. 

The vineyard practices at Laherte Frères are impressive. Most of the Estate is biodynamically farmed with the exception of those vineyards that are too far away to do so (mainly those in the Côte des Blancs and the Marne Valley). These latter sites are still managed organically, with the soils cultivated and no herbicides or pesticides used. The high standards continue in the cellar. Aurèlien uses the traditional Coquard wooden Champagne presses. He has two of these (very unusual for an Estate of this small size), which allows him to press more quickly and also to keep small parcels separate. The wines are moved only by gravity. Fermentation occurs with natural yeast and more than 80 percent of the wine is fermented and matured in large foudres and old barriques (many 10+ years of age), as all Champagne once was pre the 1950s. Interestingly Aurèlien buys barrels from Benjamin Leroux (small world!) and the Liger-Belair family (of la Romanee fame). 

Working with oak has a number of advantages including giving the grower the ability to have all of their different parcels fermented and matured separately. This focus on terroir expression, the use of traditional barrel ageing to help the wines express themselves, the meticulous viticulture along with the unique terroir of the Coteaux d’Épernay, are the keys to understanding these expressive and delicious wines.

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Sparkling Champagne

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