Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut Rose
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML|
|Varietal notes:||50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 10% Red wine|
|Vineyard:||Sourced from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs|
|Soil:||Clay topsoil, chalky subsoils|
|Viticulture:||Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vines: 25 years. More than 40 years for the parcels that are selected for the elaboration of our red wine|
|Vinification:||50% 2014, 50% 2013; grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen; 60% white pressed Meunier, 30% maceration, 10% red Meunier; alcoholic fermentation in vats, foudres and barrels. Malolactic fermentation partly made.|
|Aging:||Ageing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time; 6.5-8.5 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement: November 2016|
|Tasting:||A rose Champagne that can begin with oysters and end with dessert. Elegance is the name of the game here, and value is apparent from the very first sip!|
Lightly fragrant, with floral and ripe pureed raspberry notes and accents of gingersnap biscuit, kumquat and graphite, framed by a chalky mouse and firm, focused acidity. Disgorged October 2014. Drink now through 2020. 2,500 cases made.
The NV Brut Rosé Ultradition is an unusual pure Meunier. Bold, powerful and vinous in the glass, the Ultradition is an impressive wine endowed with real depth and textural resonance. There is a good bit of intensity to the fruit. Even so, the wine retains terrific freshness. Cranberry, orange peel, rose petal and mint are some of the many overtones that add nuance throughout. This release is a blend of equal parts 2014 and 2013, 60% Meunier vinified white, with 30% macerated juice and 10% still red wine. Disgorged: November 2016. Dosage is 6.5-8.5 grams per liter.
The Laherte Frères Ultradition non-vintage Brut Rosé is composed entirely of pinot meunier, which is fermented in a combination of tanks, older casks and foudres and spends seven months aging as vins clairs in cask prior to blending and bottling for its secondary fermentation. This is base year 2012 and was aged two and a half years sur latte prior to disgorgement. The dosage is 6.5 grams per liter. The wine is a beautiful cherry-salmon color and offers up a sophisticated bouquet of red berries, violets, a complex base of soil, rye bread, incipient smokiness and gentle meunier floral tones in the upper register. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and laser-like in its focus, with a fine core, impeccable focus and balance, elegant mousse and a very long, complex and still fairly tightly-knit finish. This is approachable today, but is built to age and will be even better three to five years down the road. Impressive juice. 2017-2035+.