Champagne Laherte Frères NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 6892

UPC: 0-630646142118

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 10% Fromenteau / 8% Arbanne / 14% Pinot Noir / 18% Chardonnay / 17% Pinot Blanc / 18% Pinot Meunier / 15% Petit Meslier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Total Acidity: 7
pH: 3
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Chalk and clay with pebbles
Case Production: 250

This wine is made from lost grape varieties that Champagne Laherte Freres found in their plots. Their ancestors used these grapes in wines of the past; so they have nurtured these lost grapes in an effort to taste Champagne with the same taste as 250 years ago.

Grapes: The grapes are sourced from a parcel planted by Thierry Laherte in 2003 in Chavot. The parcel is farmed in a sustainable way and influenced by biodynamic methods. The whole work in the vineyard is done by hand and exclusively made by the Laherte family.

Winemaking Notes: Natural fermentation occurs in aged Burgundy barrels (minimum of 10 years). Wine matures for six months with regular stirring of the lees. No malolactic fermentation occurs. This wine is a blend of several years (solera system). Wine disgorged by hand with 4g/l dosage.

92+pts John Gilman
"Offering up a deep, youthful and quite stunning nose of pear, apple, citrus zest,complex, almost salty soil tones and a floral topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and very soil-driven, with impressive complexity, brisk acids, excellent focus and balance, slightly coarse, youthful mousse and absolutely stunning length and grip on the finish."

91pts Lisa Perotti-Brown MW
"Wild yeast ferment and a pleasant earthy / savory character, nashi and waxy lemon, some brioche. The palate has crisp acidity and a nice intensity of complex, savory fruit and autolytic notes. Long finish with some minerals."


  • 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.
  • Peter Liem's
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (11/30/2018)

    The NV Les 7 is a blend of the seven permitted varieties in Champagne based on 2015 with 40% of a perpetual solera that goes back to 2005. The combination of varieties and wines yields a Champagne of uncommon complexity. Dried pear, citrus peel, sage and herb notes build in in a bright, tense Champagne that grows in the glass, finishing with lovely textural balance and silkiness. Like so many wines based on 2015, Les 7 has a slight vegetal quality that is perceptible but not overpowering. Zero dosage. Disgorged: January 2018.