Soil: Limestone soils and sometime with a presence of fine silts and chalk in surface. Chalky subsoils.
Viticulture: Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Vines are over 30 years
Vinification: 50% 2015, 50% reserve wines (2013 and 2014); grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripen, and traditionally pressed. Alcoholic fermentation in foudres and barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Malolactic fermentation partly made.
Aging: Ageing during 6 months followed by a light filtration before bottling during the spring time; non-dosé.
Disgorgement: April 2017
Notes: From the family's chalkiest soils in Chavot and Epernay comes this racy and finesseful Blancs de Blancs, the only one in the Laherte lineup. This is a thirst quencher AND a wine for the Champagne congnescenti!
A Champagne of extraordinary finesse, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is positively stunning. Smoke, slate, crushed rocks, lemon peel and white flowers are beautifully sculpted. Crystalline and taut, yet with remarkable resonance, the Blanc de Blancs is totally alluring from the very first taste. The current release is 50% 2015 and 50% a blend of 2014 and 2013 from vineyards in both the southern sector of Epernay and the Côte des Blancs. Disgorged: April 2017 with no dosage.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The non-vintage Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature bottling from the Laherte family is excellent this year. This too is a blend of base year 2012 and reserve wines from 2011, which are aged for a year in barrel. The wine is superb on the nose, offering up an aromatic constellation of pear, apple, brioche, chalky soil tones, white flowers and a lovely topnote of lemon zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and very refined on the attack, with a lovely core, elegant mousse, bright, well-integrated acids and lovely grip on the long and complex finish. This is an exquisitely balanced Brut Nature and eminently drinkable right out of the blocks. 2015-2030. - John Gilman