Champagne Laherte Frères NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Frères NV (2009) 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 8187

UPC: 0-630646142125

Country: France
Region: Champagne
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
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Dosage: 4g/l

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."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (11/1/2015)

    The 2009 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is ripe, racy and voluptuous, with striking depth and nuance. Yellow orchard, peach and sweet floral notes all open up in the glass. Ample, silky and cream throughout, the 2009 captures the radiance of the year in style. The 2009 is 50% Chardonnay (some of which is Chardonnay Muscaté) and 50% Pinot Noir from parcels is Chemins d’Epernay (planted in 1957) and Chavot (planted in 1983) respectively. The wine was fermented and aged in neutral barrels, with less stirring, and finished with 4 grams/liter of dosage. Disgorged: September 2013.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (2/2/2012)

    Scents of fresh apple and pear with nutty, herbal and sea breeze accents emerge from behind that, anticipating the brightly juicy impression on a firm palate with hazelnut and lentil sprout serving for piquant counterpoint to the fruit, and salinity lending welcome saliva-inducement to a long, savory and invigorating finish. I suspect that this will prove worth following for at least 3-4 years.