Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut
|Bottle sizes:||375 ML, 750 ML, 1.5 L|
|Varietal notes:||60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir|
|Vineyard:||This Champagne comes from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs|
|Soil:||Clay topsoils, chalky subsoils|
|Viticulture:||Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vineyard: 28 years|
|Vinification:||60% 2014, 40% reserve wines (2012 and 2013); grapes 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.|
|Aging:||Ageing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time; 6-8 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement: November 2016|
|Tasting:||A blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier from the unique terroirs of Chavot and sourrounding vineyards in the Vallee de la Marne and Cotes de Blancs.This NV cuvee has lovely fruit, great cut and is among the great values in Champagne today.|
Well-spiced and mouthwatering, this vivid Champagne offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey. Clean-cut and minerally on the finish. Disgorged Dec. 2014. Drink now through 2020.—A.N.
The NV Brut Ultradition is the same base wine as the Extra Brut Ultradition. Here the higher dosage seems to give the wine greater fleshiness and immediacy, while changing the wine's shape. Some of the mid-palate creaminess seems to have been achieved at the expense of a bit of persistence. Disgorged: November 2016. Dosage is 6-8 grams per liter.
The current release of Laherte Frères non-vintage Ultradition Brut is composed from an atypical and highly attractive cépages of sixty percent pinot meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir and was finished with a dosage of six to eight grams per liter. This is from the base year of 2012 and the wine is outstanding, offering up a very refined, meunier dominated constellation of white peach, loads of spring flowers, chalky soil tones, gentle smokiness and a dollop of brioche in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, fullbodied and extremely elegant, with a fine core, superb soil signature, refined mousse and a very long, complex and dancing finish. This is a beautiful bottle of non-vintage Brut! 2017-2035.