Champagne Laherte Freres 2012 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Freres 2012 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 12520

UPC: 0-630646142125

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2012
Grape(s): 50% Chardonnay / 50% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Terroir Notes: This wine highlights Chavot's terroir. The grapes are sourced from 2 parcels in Chavot. The Chardonnay is from Les Chemins d'Epernay with clay soil and chalky subsoil. The Chardonnay was planted in 1957. The Pinot Noir is from Les Rouges Maisons with clay, flint and schist soils. The Pinot Noir was planted in 1983. The vines are farmed biodynamically.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes are manually harvested when fully ripe. A traditional press is used to gently press the grapes. Alcohol fermentation occurs in barrels. Malolactic fermenation does not occur. The wines ages for 6 months on the lees. Wine is disgorged by hand. Dosage is 3 g/L.

Tasting Notes: "Very focused indeed; presumably because there is no malo and the Pinot is grown on limestone. Very marked acidity and crystalline structure. Super fresh and racy – a sort of Saar style of champagne!" - Jancis Robinson

94pts (2013 Vintage) Vinous 12/6/2019
"The 2013 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is a wine of extraordinary beauty. Vivid and precise, the 2013 is just so expressive today. The blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir works beautifully here. Like so many of the wines in this tasting, the Empreintes stands out for its racy aromatic profile and total sense of finesse. Time in the glass brings out the power and resonance of Pinot Noir. The 2013 is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, both from vineyards in Chavot. Dosage: 4 gr/L. Disgorged: February, 2019."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (11/30/2018)

    The 2012 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is yet another compelling wine in this range Aurélien Laherte. Radiant and super-expressive on the palate, with tremendous richness, the Empreintes dazzles from start to finish. Bright saline notes add tension to the sculpted finish in a Champagne that delivers the goods big time. Les Empreintes is a blend of 50% Chardonnay from Les Chemins d'Epernay and 50% Pinot Noir from Les Rouges Maisons, both in Chavot, planted in 1957 and 1983 respectively. In a word: superb. Disgorged: January 2018.