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

Les 7 is a tribute to the Laherte ancestors and the Champagnes of the past. It is a sparkling wine produced by blending the three main Champagne grape varieties with four old/lost grape varieties (Fromenteau, Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Pinot Blanc). Champagne Laherte Frères found these lost grape varieties in their plots; their ancestors vinified these grapes to produce wine. The Laherte family decided to nurture the four varieties and create Les 7 in an effort to taste Champagne with the same flavor profile as 250 years ago.

Terroir Notes: The grapes are sourced from a parcel planted by Thierry Laherte in 2003 in Chavot. The parcel is farmed biodynamically. The whole work in the vineyard is done by hand and exclusively farmed 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. A solera system is used to produce this wine; 60% of wines of the year added to 50% of reserve wines. Wine disgorged by hand with 4g/l dosage.

Reviews

  • 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.