Champagne Laherte Frères NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC

Item Number: 6890

UPC: 0-630646142019

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Champagne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 60% Pinot Meunier / 30% Chardonnay / 10% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Total Acidity: 5.5
pH: 3
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 3,500

The Brut 'Ultradition' is a subtle blending of three Champagne varieties and is representative of Champagne Laherte Frères terroirs. This Champagne comes from the Côteaux sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. A fine and complex blending.

Grape Sources: Pinot Meunier is from Chavot-Courcourt, Mancy, Boursault, Vaudancourt, Le breuil with soils of silt, marl and clay. Chardonnay is from Chavot, Vaudancourt and Epernay with soils of fine clay and limestone. Pinot Noir is from Chavot with soils of clay, flint and schist. 40% of the wine is made of reserve wines of past years.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are picked by hand when fully ripened and traditionally pressed. Fermentation takes place in vats and barrels according to grape varieties and plots. Wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation. Aged six months and light filtration before bottling. Disgorged by hand with 6-9g/l dosage.

Peter Liem
"This is packed with pungent aromas of strawberry, redcurrant and red apple. True to its origins in the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay and the Vallée de la Marne, it's relatively rich in body, marked by a supple, velvety texture, and it finishes with fine length and plenty of aroma."

Reviews

  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 92 (12/15/2015)

    Well-spiced and mouthwatering, this vivid Champagne offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey. Clean-cut and minerally on the finish. Drink now through 2020.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (11/1/2013)

    The Laherte NV Brut Ultradition Disg. 10/2012 – 60% Meunier; 30% Chardonnay; 10% Pinot –is exuberantly dominated by juicy and vivacious lime, peach, grapefruit, and Persian as well as honeydew melons, their succulent fruit mingled on a polished palate with nut oils and shitake, as well as suffused with a saliva-drawing sweet-saline, iodine-rich savor of crab and lobster shell reduction that makes for a compelling finish. Yes, this is certainly a capital “U” umami-rich wine! I’m astounded to realize – given its sense of energy and vivacity – that it is based on vintage 2009. Whatever be “ultradition,” it’s an approach I can only heartily commend to other growers! (Of course, you might not be able to make anything like this if you lack that “secret ingredient,” good Meunier;? and scrolling down to my review of Lahertes’ “Les 7” might raise suspicions of a connection between their greatest successes – as I perceive them –and the prominence of unjustly neglected cépages!)
  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2013)

    Ultradition is the new name for the non-vintage cuvées of Brut and Brut Rosé from Laherte Frères, and though the name has changed, the quality remains as high as ever as this fine producer in the Vallée de la Marne. The blend is the same as it has been for this bottling over the last several years- sixty percent Pinot Meunier, thirty percent chardonnay and ten percent Pinot Noir, and like all of the Laherte Frères bottlings of late, more and more of the vins clairs are being barrel fermented for this wine. The new release is absolutely lovely, offering up a complex nose of lemon, apple, bread dough, stony minerality, citrus zest and a topnote of white flowers (from the Pinot Meunier?). On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with lovely mid-palate depth, elegant mousse and superb length and grip on the crisp and focused finish. This is one high class bottle of non-vintage Brut! 2013-2025.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/1/2015)

    Yellow orchard fruit, apricot, flowers and chamomile are some of the nuances that shape the NV Brut Ultradition. This release is based on 2012, which with the higher dosage (7 grams) vis-a-vis the Extra Brut Ultradition results in a creamy, resonant Champagne with tons of sheer appeal. Sweet floral notes round out the expressive, lifted finish. This release is 60% 2012 and 40% reserve wines. Dosage is 7 grams/liter. Disgorged: December 2014.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 90 (12/14/2016)

    The NV Brut Ultradition is made from the exact same base blend as the Extra Brut Ultradition, but comes across as noticeably more tense and austere despite the higher dosage vis-à-vis the Extra Brut version, which once again shows that the relationship between perceived sweetness and dosage is not at all linear. (The slightly earlier disgorgement relative to that wine should have added further softness). White orchard fruit, citrus confit and floral notes abound in a bright, chiseled Champagne. The Brut Ultradition is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, based on the 2014 vintage, with the addition of 40% reserve wines from 2013 and 2012. Dosage is 7 grams/liter. Disgorged: August 2015.