Champagne Laherte Frères NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
Item Number: 8187
Sub Region: Cote des Blancs
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 50% Chardonnay / 50% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Vinification: Fermentation occurs in barrels from Burgundy. Barrels have a minimum age of three years. Wine matures for six months with regular stirring on the lees. No malolactic fermentation occurs.
Fruit Source: Chardonnay comes from plots planted in 1957 in Les Chemins d'Epernay. The soil is clay with a little silt stratum on the surface and a chalky subsoil. The Pinot Noir is sourced from plots planted in 1983 from Les Rouges Maisons. The soil here is fairly deep with an important presence of clay, flint and schist.
92pts (2010 Vintage) Wine Advocate 3/2016
"The NV Les Empreintes Extra-Brut is a blend of 50% old vine Chardonnay (planted in 1957) and 50% Pinot Noir, from a clay and silex terroir ("Les Rouges Maisons"). Disgorged with four grams of dosage, this 2010 Extra Brut opens somewhat reductive and vegetal on the nose, but reveals a remarkable lightness, finesse and elegance on the palate. Indeed, this is a very chalky, complex and tension-filled cuvée with great purity in the intense, persistent finish. This shows great expression, but is still very young."