Champagne Laherte Frères 2013 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères 2013 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 11011

UPC: 6-306461420192

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Meunier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Clay and silty with chalky subsoil

This cuvée is a tribute to Aurélien Laherte's ancestors and to the grape variety Pinot Meunier.

Dosage: 2 to 4 g/L

Vinification: Aurèlien uses the traditional wooden Coquard presses. Fermentation occurs with native yeast in barrels from Burgundy. Aurèlien buys barrels from Benjamin Leroux and the Liger-Belair family (of la Romanée fame). The wine matures for 6 months with regular stirring of the lees. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

Fruit Source: The selected Pinot Meunier plots for this wine were planted by the Laherte family between 1947 and 1953 in the villages of Chavot and Mancy within the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay subregion. Some have been planted on French rootstock, others are the result of old massal selection. Les Vigne d'Autrefois is 100% Pinot Meunier. However, there are a few Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Fromenteau vine stocks in the parcels.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (12/8/2017)

    Another stellar wine in the range, the 2013 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois is 100% Meunier from parcels planted with a massale selection in 1947 and 1953. The old vines confer remarkable depth, texture and nuance while also preserving a good bit of detail. What a gorgeous wine this is. Disgorged: February 2017. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter.