Champagne Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 9275

UPC: 0-630646142026

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone, chalk, clay

The Laherte Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is one of the purest expression of the Chardonnay grapes coming from the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay and one of the estate's most emblematic cuvées.

Terroir: Laherte Frères Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is made from their best parcels of Chardonnay located on the south slopes of Épernay and Chavot. The vines are over 30 years old, and the vineyards are comprised mostly of limestone with some fine silts and chalk in the surface. 50% of this wine is comprised of reserve wines of past years kept in barrels.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are picked by hand and traditionally pressed. Fermentation takes place is foudres and barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Some of the wine goes through malolactic fermentation. Wine is aged for 6 months followed by light filtration before bottling in the spring. Bottles are disgorged by hand. No dosage is added.

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.