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 Chardonnay expressions coming from the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay and one of the estate's most emblematic cuvées.

Terroir Notes: 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 on 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

  • 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.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/30/2018)

    The NV (2014) Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is once again one of the stars in the range, not to mention an absolutely insane value in the world of fine wine. Bright, sculpted and classy to the core, the 2014 dazzles from the very first taste. Citrus, mineral and floral notes abound in this super-expressive, finely-cut Blanc de Blancs. Crystalline and energetic, the Blanc de Blancs has so much to offer. The 2014 is a more than worthy follow up to the stellar 2013. Non-dosé. Disgorged: January 2018