Champagne Laherte Frères

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, Champagne
People: Christian, Thierry, & Aurélien Laherte, Owners | Aurélien Laherte, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Items

Champagne Laherte Frères NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 93 WA 90 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC Login DEC AG 89 WA 88 AG 93 AG 95 WA 91 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères 2013 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 94 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères NV (2010) Rose de Saignee Extra Brut, Les Beaudiers, Champagne AOC Login AG 92 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 94 AG 92 WA 90 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login AG 90
Champagne Laherte Frères (375 ml) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login WS 92 AG 90 AG 92 WA 92 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Frères NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login JG 93 CG ** AG 93 AG 92 WA 93 In Stock



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Founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, this family-run estate has been in the Lahertes’ hands for six generations. Today it is run by the Christian and Thierry Laherte (brothers) and Thierry’s son Auriélien. Their 10-hectare estate, 75 parcels, are situated in 3 distinct areas: the southern slopes of Épernay, the Côte des Blancs, and the Marne Valley.

The family highly prizes their vines, many of which have undergone 70 harvests. They work as naturally as possible with biodynamic and sustainable practices: plant infusions to improve natural defense systems, high foliage so that the photosynthesis ensures a nice maturity, and planning the pruning work and treatments on favorable days in order to strengthen the vine stocks. They feel that it is absolutely essential to manage the soil with great care in order to preserve its balance. 

The grapes are pressed at the estate in the village of Chavot, with two 4,000-kilo traditional presses. Their techniques aim to preserve as much of the natural qualities of the grapes as possible. With that in mind, they barrel by gravity, allow for slow and spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts, stir the lees depending on the characteristics of the wine, and use a low and precise dosage. They focus on single-parcel fermentation so that they can purely transmit the characteristics of the soil and place. They carefully blend to create a unique personality to each wine they produce. The result is wine that truly reflects the nuance of its place and time.

Wine Advocate 8/2018
"Aurélien Laherte produces full-bodied yet pure, refined and vibrantly fresh cuvées that need a certain amount of time after disgorgement to reveal their true class and depth. In any case, these are authentic, expressive terroir wines with style, thanks to sustainable viticulture with biodynamic methods. Massal selection, immediate and delicate pressing, plot-by-plot vinification (there are 75 different plots, and 80% of the estate’s wines are fermented and matured in wooden vessels) and minimal dosage are key elements of Laherte's "hands-off" winemaking approach. The Les 7 remains the primus inter pares, but the Ultradition is an exciting bridge between the delicate, terroir-driven Blanc de Blancs and Les 7. The Rosé de Meunier is a fruity, round and firmly structured Champagne for red wine lovers."


Vinous 12/2016
"Laherte Frères draws on a number of vineyards, many of them quite old, mostly on the southern edge of Epernay (the Côteaux Sud d'Epernay) and the Côte des Blancs for these super-distinctive wines. Most of the wines are fermented in barrel, with the malolactic fermentations partly blocked. Meunier plays a leading role in many of the wines. The estate bottles three Rosés, all of them compelling. Readers who have not tasted these wines owe it to themselves to do so, as they are terrific."


Wine Advocate 11/2013
"Thierry and Christian Laherte represent the second of seven generations of Champagne-growing Lahertes to domaine-bottle, though theirs is among the significant and increasing number of Champagne establishments that – despite personally farming all of the vines from which they source – are officially a “négociant-manipulant,” in this instance because their business is structured for each of the principle family members to officially sell the fruit from his or her tiny acreage to Laherte Frères. And those parcels are disparate, numbering 75 spread over ten villages, even though the total Laherte acreage is just 25. Half of these vineyards are farmed biodynamically – notably those most easily accessible from the Lahertes’ home base of Chavot-Courcourt (immediately south of Epernay), a sector that brings considerable chalk to bear on Marne clay. Lahertes have done some experimentation with ungrafted vines and (as a relevant tasting note will testify) with Champagne’s “forgotten” cépages, as well as with a solera-style blend. Most of their wines see barrel; whether they “do malo” is determined case-by-case."

Reviews

  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (12/15/2015)

    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. Drink now through 2020.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2013)

    As readers may recall from previous reviews of this bottling, which used to be called “Les Clos” after the vineyard it hails from, the Laherte Frères “Les 7” is comprised of a blend of all seven permitted grape varieties in Champagne: Fromenteau, Arbanne, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Petit Meslier. All the grapes are picked and vinified together, with a significant percentage barrel fermented, and the wine is finished as an Extra Brut. The current release is stunning, offering up a beautifully complex and youthful nose of white peach, lemon, acacia blossoms, bread dough, a lovely base of soil, citrus peel and a hint of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a rock solid core, very refined mousse, excellent focus and grip and a very long, poised and classy finish that shows a bit of roundness from the wood on the backend. Superb wine. 2013-2030.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Peter Liem's ChampagneGuide.net
    Rating: ** (2/1/2013)

    The multi-varietal wine formerly known as Les Clos is now composed of five different vintages (2005 to 2009), blended together in a perpetual cuvée, with the base vintage of 2009 accounting for two-thirds of the total. It's complex and harmonious, its succulent depth of fruit pinned down by bright, lively acidity. While the alpine, herbaceous notes of arbanne and petit meslier are present, they're inseparably intertwined into the whole, without feeling aggressive or out of place. This is perfectly balanced at 4 g/l of dosage, and a year after its disgorgement in January of 2012, it's expressive and energetic, showing a great deal of personality.
  • Laherte Freres NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (11/1/2015)

    The 2009 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is ripe, racy and voluptuous, with striking depth and nuance. Yellow orchard, peach and sweet floral notes all open up in the glass. Ample, silky and cream throughout, the 2009 captures the radiance of the year in style. The 2009 is 50% Chardonnay (some of which is Chardonnay Muscaté) and 50% Pinot Noir from parcels is Chemins d’Epernay (planted in 1957) and Chavot (planted in 1983) respectively. The wine was fermented and aged in neutral barrels, with less stirring, and finished with 4 grams/liter of dosage. Disgorged: September 2013.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Decanter
    Rating: (1/1/2016)

    Recommended. Nose of peony and hints of elderflower. Nicely handled, showing citrus and floral character. Acidity on the finish is crisp, right on the edge.
  • Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/1/2015)

    Yellow orchard fruit, apricot, flowers and chamomile are some of the nuances that shape the NV Brut Ultradition. This release is based on 2012, which with the higher dosage (7 grams) vis-a-vis the Extra Brut Ultradition results in a creamy, resonant Champagne with tons of sheer appeal. Sweet floral notes round out the expressive, lifted finish. This release is 60% 2012 and 40% reserve wines. Dosage is 7 grams/liter. Disgorged: December 2014.
  • Laherte Freres NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (2/2/2012)

    Scents of fresh apple and pear with nutty, herbal and sea breeze accents emerge from behind that, anticipating the brightly juicy impression on a firm palate with hazelnut and lentil sprout serving for piquant counterpoint to the fruit, and salinity lending welcome saliva-inducement to a long, savory and invigorating finish. I suspect that this will prove worth following for at least 3-4 years.
  • Laherte Freres NV (2010) Rose de Saignee Extra Brut, Les Beaudiers, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/1/2011)

    (made from Pinot Meunier vines planted between 1953 and 1965; there is some Rogue Fromenteau, Pinot Noir andCchardonnay scattered about the plot): Light, bright pink. Intense, musky redcurrant and blood orange aromas are underscored by chalky minerality. Bright citrus peel, red berry, bitter cherry, licorice and succulent herb flavors offer very good flavor intensity without any fat. The cherry note repeats on the finish, which shows an exotic medicinal quality and excellent persistence. This singular Champagne drinks like an energetic red wine from the Loire.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 89 (11/1/2015)

    The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is a very pretty, understated Champagne, with plenty of bright citrus, chalk and white pepper nuances. Given its light to mid-weight structure, the Blanc de Blancs is best enjoyed as an aperitif or alongside lighter fare. The current release is based on 2012, with 50% reserve wines. Vinification and aging takes place in epoxy-lined tanks, and the wine was bottled with zero dosage. Disgorged: August 2014.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (3/1/2016)

    The NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature (disgorged in September 2015) offers a mineral-infused Chardonnay bouquet that is followed by a very firm and almost austerely dry palate. Medium-bodied, very fresh and grippy, this Brut Nature should gain complexity, but most of all finesse over the years.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (12/14/2016)

    The NV Brut Ultradition is made from the exact same base blend as the Extra Brut Ultradition, but comes across as noticeably more tense and austere despite the higher dosage vis-à-vis the Extra Brut version, which once again shows that the relationship between perceived sweetness and dosage is not at all linear. (The slightly earlier disgorgement relative to that wine should have added further softness). White orchard fruit, citrus confit and floral notes abound in a bright, chiseled Champagne. The Brut Ultradition is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, based on the 2014 vintage, with the addition of 40% reserve wines from 2013 and 2012. Dosage is 7 grams/liter. Disgorged: August 2015.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/14/2016)

    One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is pure class. Tension, energy and mineral-drenched drive are the signatures. Chalk, slate white pepper and citrus notes open up in the glass, but it is the wine's crystalline precision and purity that are front and center. Underlying beams of salinity lend further drive to the intense, salivating finish. The Blanc de Blancs is fermented in barrel with some lees stirring, but partially blocked malolactic fermentation and bottling with no dosage preserves a good bit of sizzle. This release is 50% 2014 and 50% reserve wines from 2013 and 2012. Disgorged: August 2015.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/14/2016)

    As the name suggests, the NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne; Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau and Arbanne. Scents of lemon, grapefruit, chalk and white pepper abound in a finely-sculpted, nuanced Champagne endowed with real energy. White orchard fruit, slate and a host of mineral-infused nuances punctuate the super-expressive finish. One of the more understated wines in the range, the Les 7 delivers the goods, and then some. Readers who can find this deeply expressive, singular Champagne should not hesitate, as it is truly fabulous. The current release is based on 2013, with 40% juice from continuous solera blend that goes back to 2005, bottled with no dosage. Disgorged: December 2015.
  • Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (12/14/2016)

    The NV Rosé de Meunier is an intriguing wine made from a combination of Meunier pressed white, along with 30% of the fruit macerated on the skins and 10% still red wine. A Champagne of phenolic power and breadth, the Rosé de Meunier strikes an appealing stylistic middle ground between the more gracious style of the Ultradition and the heavier expression found in the Rosé de Saignée. A host of cranberry, white pepper, rose petal and blood orange overtones run through this beautifully expressive, vibrant Champagne from Laherte. The current release is a blend of the 2013 and 2012 vintages. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: October 2015.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/8/2017)

    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.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (12/8/2017)

    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.
  • Laherte Freres 2013 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (12/8/2017)

    Another stellar wine in the range, the 2013 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois is 100% Meunier from parcels planted with a massale selection in 1947 and 1953. The old vines confer remarkable depth, texture and nuance while also preserving a good bit of detail. What a gorgeous wine this is. Disgorged: February 2017. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/8/2017)

    Laherte's NV Extra Brut Les 7 emerges from a parcel in Chavot planted with all seven permitted varieties. Intensely perfumed and bright, Les 7 showcases striking interplay of aromas, flavors and textures. Citrus, white orchard fruit and sweet, perfumed overtones all develop in the glass. The current release is based on 2014, with 40% reserve wines from a perpetual reserve that spans vintages 2005 through 2013. Disgorged: February 2017. Dosage is 0-4 grams per liter.
  • Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/8/2017)

    Tense and crystalline in the glass, the NV Rosé de Meunier is another wine in this range that is bursting at the seams with personality. This release is equal parts 2014 and 2013 vintages and is a blend of mostly Meunier vinified white, with 30% macerated juice and 10% still red wine. The low dosage of 2.5 grams per liter lends a perceptible feeling of austerity. At times, a slightly vegetal (but not unpleasant) element comes through. I would prefer to drink this over the next few years. There will be plenty to admire over that time. Disgorged: April 2017. Dosage is 2 grams per liter.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2018)

    Sourced in four villages of the Côte de Blancs and the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay and based on the 2013 and 2014 vintages, Laherte's NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is beautifully pure, fine and flinty on the complex and terroir-driven nose. From 35+-year old vines on shallow chalky soils and vinified in cuves, pièces and foudres, this Blanc de Blancs is lean, pure and very mineral on the palate, with an intense, firmly structured and persistently salty fizz with limestone grip and a still somewhat dry but discreetly juicy finish. I suppose this is a long-distance runner that will improve over the years in the bottle.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/31/2018)

    The NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a singe-parcel field blend of all seven authorized grape varieties, which are picked, pressed and vinified together (natural fermentation and aging in oak, no malolactic). Lot L.15 is from a reserve perpétuelle [solera] that includes all the vintages between 2005 and 2014. The wine opens with a clear, intense yet fine and terribly fresh bouquet of ripe white and yellow-fleshed fruits along with some earthy noes. Full-bodied, mouth-filling and dry, this is a firmly structured cuvée that's still a bit austere, with rich extract and a long, fruity and still underdeveloped finish. This is so tight and mineral that I would keep it for another two, maybe three years.
  • Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2018)

    The crazy pink colored NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is based on fully ripe Pinot Meunier grown on calcareous clay soils rich in silex. Sixty percent was fermented as Blanc de Noirs, 30% as rosé de macération and 10% as red wine, all in barriques and foudres. The bouquet shows an intensely aromatic, clear, fresh and spicy bouquet of redcurrant, raspberries and cherries. Mouthfilling and fruity but vibrantly fresh on the dry and well-structured palate, this is a pure, persistent, pretty vinous and elegant rosé with a long, aromatic finish and persistent expression. Still young and with nice red wine features, this is a firm rosé but also a great drinking pleasure already.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2018)

    Based on the 2015 vintage and 40% of reserve wines, the NV Extra Brut Ultradition is an assemblage of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from eight villages and terroirs in the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay and the Marne Valley. Vinified in cuves, pièces and foudres and aged on the lees for six months (with malolactic partly done), this is a deep, pure and complex cuvée. Full-bodied, firm and very mineral yet fine, fresh and pure on the salty palate, the finish reveals charming richness and intense fruit but keeps the firm and chalky expression of this impressive Extra Brut. I'd keep this cuvée for another two or three years, but I suppose it can also age for a decade. Tasted in August 2018 from Lot L.14 that was disgorged in November 2017.