Champagne Laherte Frères NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 6892

UPC: 0-630646142118

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Champagne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 10% Fromenteau / 8% Arbanne / 14% Pinot Noir / 18% Chardonnay / 17% Pinot Blanc / 18% Pinot Meunier / 15% Petit Meslier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Total Acidity: 7
pH: 3
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Chalk and clay with pebbles
Case Production: 250

This wine is made from lost grape varieties that Champagne Laherte Freres found in their plots. Their ancestors used these grapes in wines of the past; so they have nurtured these lost grapes in an effort to taste Champagne with the same taste as 250 years ago.

Grapes: The grapes are sourced from a parcel planted by Thierry Laherte in 2003 in Chavot. The parcel is farmed in a sustainable way and influenced by biodynamic methods. The whole work in the vineyard is done by hand and exclusively made by the Laherte family.

Winemaking Notes: Natural fermentation occurs in aged Burgundy barrels (minimum of 10 years). Wine matures for six months with regular stirring of the lees. No malolactic fermentation occurs. This wine is a blend of several years (solera system). Wine disgorged by hand with 4g/l dosage.

92+pts John Gilman
"Offering up a deep, youthful and quite stunning nose of pear, apple, citrus zest,complex, almost salty soil tones and a floral topnote of spring flowers. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, young and very soil-driven, with impressive complexity, brisk acids, excellent focus and balance, slightly coarse, youthful mousse and absolutely stunning length and grip on the finish."

91pts Lisa Perotti-Brown MW
"Wild yeast ferment and a pleasant earthy / savory character, nashi and waxy lemon, some brioche. The palate has crisp acidity and a nice intensity of complex, savory fruit and autolytic notes. Long finish with some minerals."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (11/1/2013)

    Laherte’s NV Extra Brut Les 7 Disg. 1/2012 – latest 2 rendition of a cuvée he formerly labeled “Les Clos” – is unusual in two respects: first, it’s a solera dating to the first harvest of these young vines in 2005; secondly, the vines in question represent a field-blend consisting of 18% Chardonnay, 18% Meunier, 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier, 14% Pinot (Noir), 10% Fromenteau (a.k.a. Pinot Gris), and 8% Arbanne. Lemon and grapefruit, cucumber and celery root make for a bright, crunchy, metaphorically cooling persona. When mingled with oyster liquor, this makes for a mouthwateringly savory, mineral-rich impression that really carries the energetic, brightly bursting finish to extreme lengths. If you don’t feel as though you have been profoundly refreshed and your salivary glands tapped out after a couple of glasses of this, then I don’t know what libation could have that effect. While I can’t speak from any direct experience, my hunch is that this will be worth following for at least half a dozen years.
  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2013)

    As readers may recall from previous reviews of this bottling, which used to be called “Les Clos” after the vineyard it hails from, the Laherte Frères “Les 7” is comprised of a blend of all seven permitted grape varieties in Champagne: Fromenteau, Arbanne, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Petit Meslier. All the grapes are picked and vinified together, with a significant percentage barrel fermented, and the wine is finished as an Extra Brut. The current release is stunning, offering up a beautifully complex and youthful nose of white peach, lemon, acacia blossoms, bread dough, a lovely base of soil, citrus peel and a hint of oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a rock solid core, very refined mousse, excellent focus and grip and a very long, poised and classy finish that shows a bit of roundness from the wood on the backend. Superb wine. 2013-2030.
  • Peter Liem's ChampagneGuide.net
    Rating: ** (2/1/2013)

    The multi-varietal wine formerly known as Les Clos is now composed of five different vintages (2005 to 2009), blended together in a perpetual cuvée, with the base vintage of 2009 accounting for two-thirds of the total. It's complex and harmonious, its succulent depth of fruit pinned down by bright, lively acidity. While the alpine, herbaceous notes of arbanne and petit meslier are present, they're inseparably intertwined into the whole, without feeling aggressive or out of place. This is perfectly balanced at 4 g/l of dosage, and a year after its disgorgement in January of 2012, it's expressive and energetic, showing a great deal of personality.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (11/1/2015)

    As the name states, the NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne. A deep, distinct wine, the Les 7 is built on texture, depth and vinosity. Hints of hazelnut, dried pear and spice meld into the resonant finish. The red grapes account for about a third of the blend, but seem to play a greater role in the wine's personality, much of which is also shaped from the 40% continuous solera dating back to 2005 that is blended with the 2012 that is the base vintage. The blend is 18% Chardonnay, 18% Meunier, 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier, 14% Pinot Noir, 10% Fromenteau and 8% Arbane, all from a parcel planted in 2003 that is worked by horse. Dosage is 4 grams/liter. Disgorged: October 2014.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/14/2016)

    As the name suggests, the NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne; Pinot Noir, Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, Fromenteau and Arbanne. Scents of lemon, grapefruit, chalk and white pepper abound in a finely-sculpted, nuanced Champagne endowed with real energy. White orchard fruit, slate and a host of mineral-infused nuances punctuate the super-expressive finish. One of the more understated wines in the range, the Les 7 delivers the goods, and then some. Readers who can find this deeply expressive, singular Champagne should not hesitate, as it is truly fabulous. The current release is based on 2013, with 40% juice from continuous solera blend that goes back to 2005, bottled with no dosage. Disgorged: December 2015.