Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut

Country: 
France
Region: 
Champagne
Item code: 
FLH001
Vintage: 
NV
Bottle sizes: 
375 ML, 750 ML, 1.5 L
Appellation: 
Champagne
Wine type: 
Sparkling
Organic: 
Practicing
Laherte Freres
Varietals: 
White Blend
Varietal notes: 
60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
This Champagne comes from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs
Clay topsoils, chalky subsoils
Traditional, done in a sustainable way and influenced by ecological methods. Average age of the vineyard: 28 years
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.
Ageing during 6 months and light filtration before bottling during the spring time; 6-8 gr/l dosage. Disgorgement: November 2016
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.
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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 gents from Transatlantic Bubbles do not represent Laherte Frères for the New York market, so they do not generally taste these wines with me, and the New York distributor does not send them my way either, so I generally only have a chance to drink these beautiful wines when I am in France. Michael kindly handed me off a couple of bottles of Laherte from his cellar to round out this report, when I mentioned how much I loved Aurélien Laherte’s wines these days and how seldom I now get to taste them. This bottling of Ultradition was disgorged in December of 2014 and is a blend of sixty percent pinot meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir. It is from the base year of 2012 and I actually tasted this bottling in its infancy during a visit to the domaine in Chavot back in the spring of 2015. It was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter. The wine has blossomed beautifully and now offers up a complex bouquet of apple, walnut, chalky minerality, gentle Meunier floral tones, patissière and a lovely upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and now wide open in personality, with a lovely core, refined mousse and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Fine, fine juice with plenty of life still ahead. 2018-2035.
Field Publication Computed: 
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Field Rating Computed: 
92\nWell-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.\n92\nThe 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.\n92\nThe gents from Transatlantic Bubbles do not represent Laherte Frères for the New York market, so they do not generally taste these wines with me, and the New York distributor does not send them my way either, so I generally only have a chance to drink these beautiful wines when I am in France. Michael kindly handed me off a couple of bottles of Laherte from his cellar to round out this report, when I mentioned how much I loved Aurélien Laherte’s wines these days and how seldom I now get to taste them. This bottling of Ultradition was disgorged in December of 2014 and is a blend of sixty percent pinot meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir. It is from the base year of 2012 and I actually tasted this bottling in its infancy during a visit to the domaine in Chavot back in the spring of 2015. It was finished with a dosage of four grams per liter. The wine has blossomed beautifully and now offers up a complex bouquet of apple, walnut, chalky minerality, gentle Meunier floral tones, patissière and a lovely upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and now wide open in personality, with a lovely core, refined mousse and excellent focus and grip on the long and complex finish. Fine, fine juice with plenty of life still ahead. 2018-2035.\n