Champagne Laherte Frères NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 9431

UPC: 0-630646142033

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Meunier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Vineyard Notes: The Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from various vineyards in the Marne Valley as well as Chavot in the Coteaux Sud d'Épernay subregion. The vines age ranges between 25 to 40 years. The multiple parcels have varied exposure. Soils are worked manually.

Vinification: Blend of 30% macerated Pinot Meunier with 60% white wine (immediately pressed Meunier) and 10% still red Meunier. Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripe. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in in vats, foudres and barrels. The wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation. It is aged for 6 months and lightly filtered before bottling. Dosage was 2.5 grams.

Tasting Notes: It is simultaneously racy and rich, focused and full, with a long, dry finish. This is an exciting new wine by Champagne Laherte Frères, especially for Pinot Meunier lovers.

Reviews

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

    The NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is endowed with terrific energy, cut and focus. Readers should expect a taut, vibrant, yet also weightless style of Rosé. Red berry, mint, white pepper and chalk notes are all finely cut in this super-expressive, inviting Champagne from Aurélien Laherte. The Rosé de Meunier is a blend of 60% Meunier vinified off the skins, 30% saignée and 10% still red wine, a combination that works beautifully, equal parts 2016 and 2015. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2018.