Champagne Laherte Freres

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, Champagne
People: Christian, Thierry, & Aurélien Laherte, Owners | Aurélien Laherte, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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Champagne Laherte Freres 2014 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 94 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login AG 90 <1 Case
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Champagne Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login AG 92 WA 92 AG 91 WA 91 AG 91 On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login AG 93 AG 90 AG 91 WA 91 AG 91 On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres NV 'Nature de Craie' Blanc des Blancs, Champagne 1er Cru AOC Login On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC Login AG 95 WA 91 AG 94 AG 93 AG 92 On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres NV Petit Meslier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login On Order
Champagne Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 93 WA 92 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres 2016 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 95 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres 2015 Rose de Saignee Extra Brut, Les Beaudiers, Champagne AOC Login AG 95 <1 Case
Champagne Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login WA 93 AG 92 AG 94 WA 93 AG 94 <1 Case



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Founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, this family-run estate has been in the Lahertes’ hands for six generations. Today it is run by the Christian and Thierry Laherte (brothers) and Thierry’s son Auriélien. Their 10-hectare estate, 75 parcels, are situated in 3 distinct areas: the southern slopes of Épernay, the Côte des Blancs, and the Marne Valley.

The family highly prizes their vines, many of which have undergone 70 harvests. They work as naturally as possible with biodynamic and sustainable practices: plant infusions to improve natural defense systems, high foliage so that the photosynthesis ensures a nice maturity, and planning the pruning work and treatments on favorable days in order to strengthen the vine stocks. They feel that it is absolutely essential to manage the soil with great care in order to preserve its balance. 

The grapes are pressed at the estate in the village of Chavot, with two 4,000-kilo traditional presses. Their techniques aim to preserve as much of the natural qualities of the grapes as possible. With that in mind, they barrel by gravity, allow for slow and spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts, stir the lees depending on the characteristics of the wine, and use a low and precise dosage. They focus on single-parcel fermentation so that they can purely transmit the characteristics of the soil and place. They carefully blend to create a unique personality to each wine they produce. The result is wine that truly reflects the nuance of its place and time.

Vinous 11/2020
"Aurélien Laherte presented a fabulous range of wines this year. That will come as no surprise to readers familiar with the domaine. The variety in this lineup is truly breathtaking. Laherte does so many things well, from his Meunier-based NV cuvées, to the pure Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay lieu-dit wines to Rosés to his Les 7 bottling, which is a blend of all seven permitted grapes. These are rich, vinous Champagnes made from organically farmed vineyards, mostly done in oak for the top selections, and bottled with no dosage. I can’t recommend these wines highly enough. For what its worth, I drink them as often as I can."


Vinous 11/2018
"These Champagnes reinforce my strongly held view that Aurélien Laherte is one of the most talented vignerons of his generation in Champagne. The range this year is truly stellar. Some of the highlights include the Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (2014 this year), a wine I often buy for my own cellar, the 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères, which is new, and the (2014) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers. Readers who have not tasted these Champagnes owe it to themselves do so. Aurélien Laherte is young, passionate and humble. It is only a matter of time before he is recognized as one of Champagne's elite vignerons. As for the wines, they are spectacular."


Wine Advocate 8/2018
"Aurélien Laherte produces full-bodied yet pure, refined and vibrantly fresh cuvées that need a certain amount of time after disgorgement to reveal their true class and depth. In any case, these are authentic, expressive terroir wines with style, thanks to sustainable viticulture with biodynamic methods. Massal selection, immediate and delicate pressing, plot-by-plot vinification (there are 75 different plots, and 80% of the estate’s wines are fermented and matured in wooden vessels) and minimal dosage are key elements of Laherte's "hands-off" winemaking approach. The Les 7 remains the primus inter pares, but the Ultradition is an exciting bridge between the delicate, terroir-driven Blanc de Blancs and Les 7. The Rosé de Meunier is a fruity, round and firmly structured Champagne for red wine lovers."


Vinous 12/2016
"Laherte Frères draws on a number of vineyards, many of them quite old, mostly on the southern edge of Epernay (the Côteaux Sud d'Epernay) and the Côte des Blancs for these super-distinctive wines. Most of the wines are fermented in barrel, with the malolactic fermentations partly blocked. Meunier plays a leading role in many of the wines. The estate bottles three Rosés, all of them compelling. Readers who have not tasted these wines owe it to themselves to do so, as they are terrific."


Wine Advocate 11/2013
"Thierry and Christian Laherte represent the second of seven generations of Champagne-growing Lahertes to domaine-bottle, though theirs is among the significant and increasing number of Champagne establishments that – despite personally farming all of the vines from which they source – are officially a “négociant-manipulant,” in this instance because their business is structured for each of the principle family members to officially sell the fruit from his or her tiny acreage to Laherte Frères. And those parcels are disparate, numbering 75 spread over ten villages, even though the total Laherte acreage is just 25. Half of these vineyards are farmed biodynamically – notably those most easily accessible from the Lahertes’ home base of Chavot-Courcourt (immediately south of Epernay), a sector that brings considerable chalk to bear on Marne clay. Lahertes have done some experimentation with ungrafted vines and (as a relevant tasting note will testify) with Champagne’s “forgotten” cépages, as well as with a solera-style blend. Most of their wines see barrel; whether they “do malo” is determined case-by-case."

Reviews

  • Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    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.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (12/8/2017)

    The NV Brut Ultradition is the same base wine as the Extra Brut Ultradition. Here the higher dosage seems to give the wine greater fleshiness and immediacy, while changing the wine's shape. Some of the mid-palate creaminess seems to have been achieved at the expense of a bit of persistence. Disgorged: November 2016. Dosage is 6-8 grams per liter.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (12/8/2017)

    A Champagne of extraordinary finesse, the NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is positively stunning. Smoke, slate, crushed rocks, lemon peel and white flowers are beautifully sculpted. Crystalline and taut, yet with remarkable resonance, the Blanc de Blancs is totally alluring from the very first taste. The current release is 50% 2015 and 50% a blend of 2014 and 2013 from vineyards in both the southern sector of Epernay and the Côte des Blancs. Disgorged: April 2017 with no dosage.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/31/2018)

    Sourced in four villages of the Côte de Blancs and the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay and based on the 2013 and 2014 vintages, Laherte's NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature is beautifully pure, fine and flinty on the complex and terroir-driven nose. From 35+-year old vines on shallow chalky soils and vinified in cuves, pièces and foudres, this Blanc de Blancs is lean, pure and very mineral on the palate, with an intense, firmly structured and persistently salty fizz with limestone grip and a still somewhat dry but discreetly juicy finish. I suppose this is a long-distance runner that will improve over the years in the bottle.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (8/31/2018)

    The NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a singe-parcel field blend of all seven authorized grape varieties, which are picked, pressed and vinified together (natural fermentation and aging in oak, no malolactic). Lot L.15 is from a reserve perpétuelle [solera] that includes all the vintages between 2005 and 2014. The wine opens with a clear, intense yet fine and terribly fresh bouquet of ripe white and yellow-fleshed fruits along with some earthy noes. Full-bodied, mouth-filling and dry, this is a firmly structured cuvée that's still a bit austere, with rich extract and a long, fruity and still underdeveloped finish. This is so tight and mineral that I would keep it for another two, maybe three years.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2018)

    Based on the 2015 vintage and 40% of reserve wines, the NV Extra Brut Ultradition is an assemblage of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from eight villages and terroirs in the Coteaux Sud d'Epernay and the Marne Valley. Vinified in cuves, pièces and foudres and aged on the lees for six months (with malolactic partly done), this is a deep, pure and complex cuvée. Full-bodied, firm and very mineral yet fine, fresh and pure on the salty palate, the finish reveals charming richness and intense fruit but keeps the firm and chalky expression of this impressive Extra Brut. I'd keep this cuvée for another two or three years, but I suppose it can also age for a decade. Tasted in August 2018 from Lot L.14 that was disgorged in November 2017.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/30/2018)

    The NV (2014) Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is once again one of the stars in the range, not to mention an absolutely insane value in the world of fine wine. Bright, sculpted and classy to the core, the 2014 dazzles from the very first taste. Citrus, mineral and floral notes abound in this super-expressive, finely-cut Blanc de Blancs. Crystalline and energetic, the Blanc de Blancs has so much to offer. The 2014 is a more than worthy follow up to the stellar 2013. Non-dosé. Disgorged: January 2018
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (11/30/2018)

    The NV Les 7 is a blend of the seven permitted varieties in Champagne based on 2015 with 40% of a perpetual solera that goes back to 2005. The combination of varieties and wines yields a Champagne of uncommon complexity. Dried pear, citrus peel, sage and herb notes build in in a bright, tense Champagne that grows in the glass, finishing with lovely textural balance and silkiness. Like so many wines based on 2015, Les 7 has a slight vegetal quality that is perceptible but not overpowering. Zero dosage. Disgorged: January 2018.
  • Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/5/2017)

    The NV Extra Brut Ultradition is a gorgeous wine at its level, and also a terrific introduction to the Laherte Champagnes. Translucent and energetic, the Ultradition has a lot to offer. Pear, almond and dried flowers meld together as this creamy, ample Champagne shows off its distinctive personality. The flavors are brilliant and chiseled throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. Disgorged: January 2017
  • Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (11/15/2018)

    The NV Extra Brut Ultradition is an attractive, entry-level wine from Laherte. Dried flowers, dried red cherry, pear, nut and herbs give the wine a distinctive savory profile to match its mid-weight personality. The Extra Brut Ultradition is persistent and energetic, with the slight savory quality that is common in so many 2015-base NV Champagnes. The low dosage style seems to really bring out the weight and texture of the Meunier that forms the core of this bottling. Disgorged: April 2018.
  • Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/6/2019)

    The NV Extra Brut Ultradition is powerful, ample and creamy, with tons of richness and plenty of immediacy, all the ingredients for a terrific entry-level wine. The vinous richness of Meunier comes through loud and clear. Orchard fruit, dried flowers, herbs, mint and anise all develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s resonance that leaves the deepest impression. The Ultradition is just impeccable, especially within its peer group. The blend is 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from vineyards in the Côteaux Sud d’Epernay, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs, based on 2016 with 40% reserve wines from 2015 and 2014. Dosage: 4.5 gr/L. Disgorged: May, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (12/6/2019)

    The NV Brut Ultradition is similar to the Extra Brut bottling, but with a bit more reserve wines and naturally higher dosage. Interestingly, that mix results in a wine with more tension and brightness than the Extra Brut version. White flowers, mint and orchard fruit are some of the notes that take shape in the glass. Finely sculpted and full of energy, the Ultradition Brut is flat-out delicious. The blend is 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, 50% 2016 and 50% reserve wines from 2015 and 2014. Dosage: 6-8 gr/L. Disgorged: March, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/6/2019)

    The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is stunning. Even better, it is one of the very finest Champagnes readers will find in its price range. Bright, sculpted and highly nuanced to the core, the Blanc de Blancs sizzles with tension. The purity of this Chardonnay fruit comes through beautifully. Citrus, white flowers, mint and white pepper add striking top notes. This release is a blend of 50% 2016 and 50% reserve wines from 2015 and 2014. The non-dosé style works especially well here. No dosage. Disgorged: April, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (12/6/2019)

    The NV Les 7 non-dosé (05-15), a blend of the seven grapes permitted in Champagne, is another super-distinctive wine in this lineup. Creamy, resonant and super-expressive, Les 7 is so intriguing. Hints of dried pear, mint, flowers and citrus open up with air, but Les 7 is a rare Champagne that engages all the senses with its captivating detail, textural richness and persistence. I loved it. This release is 60% 2015 and 40% reserve wines. The seven varieties are co-fermented, with blocked malolactic fermentation, and disgorged with no dosage. Disgorged: January, 2018.
  • Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (12/15/2019)

    The 2015 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois, 100% Meunier, is expressive, open-knit and wonderfully inviting. The natural resonance of these Meunier vines, planted in 1947 and 1964, comes through loud and clear. Ripe red plum, cedar, spice, dried flowers and mint all add nuance. Some of the fresher notes lean into the very slightly vegetal realm, which is not unusual in 2015, and yet all the elements are very nicely balanced.
  • Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (9/17/2020)

    Disgorged with minimal dosage in February 2019, the 2015 Extra-Brut Les Vignes d'Autrefois derives from parcels of Pinot Meunier planted between 1947 and 1964 in the villages of Chavot and Mancy. Offering up aromas of red apples, blanched almonds, white peach and flowers, it's medium to full-bodied, fleshy and vinous, with a generous core of fruit, racy acids and a precise, mineral finish.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (9/17/2020)

    Disgorged in February 2018 without dosage, the NV Extra-Brut Les 7 is based on the 2015 vintage, supplemented by 40% reserve wines from a solera established in 2005. The wine is showing superbly today, unwinding in the glass with aromas of citrus rind, Anjou pear, paraffin wax, pastry cream, peach and white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, racy and incisive, with an elegantly fleshy core of fruit that's complemented by a pillowy mousse, it's bright and precise while avoiding any austerity.
  • Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (9/17/2020)

    Disgorged in July 2018 with 4.5 grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra-Brut Ultradition is a Pinot Meunier-dominant blend that's fermented in barrel with partial malolactic. Offering up aromas of lemon oil, citrus confit, dried white flowers, peach and beeswax, it's medium to full-bodied, elegantly textural and vinous, with ripe but racy acids, a fleshy core of fruit and a long, penetrating finish.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (9/17/2020)

    Disgorged in May 2019, the NV Brut Ultradition is showing very well indeed, offering up aromas of peach, candied peel, walnuts and oyster shell. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and charming, the wine's elegantly textural attack segues into a pillowy, incisive midpalate that's bright and concentrated, complemented by a pinpoint mousse. This is a terrific non-vintage Meunier-dominant cuvée that comes warmly recommended.
  • Laherte Freres 2015 Rose de Saignee Extra Brut, Les Beaudiers, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (12/6/2019)

    Laherte’s NV (2015) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers VV is 100% Meunier from vines planted in 1953, 1958 and 1965. Creamy and resonant on the palate, with tremendous aromatic depth, the Beaudiers is flat-out gorgeous. Sweet red cherry, mint, kirsch, game and dried herbs infuse the 2015 with myriad layers of complexity that reveal themselves with time in the glass. The 2015 spent two years in barrel prior to bottling, which is long by Champagne standards. More importantly, though, it is a wine of tremendous personality and pure breeding. Dosage: 3 gr/L. Disgorged: May, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (11/19/2020)

    The NV Extra Brut Ultradition, the entry-level wine in this range, is wonderfully deep and fleshy, with plenty of Meunier character driving the blend. Dried pear, chamomile and spice are some of the notes that open in the glass. Generous and inviting, the Ultradition has plenty to offer. This release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015. Drink it over the next few years. Dosage is 4.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: October, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (11/19/2020)

    The NV Brut Ultradition is the same wine as the Extra Brut version, but with higher dosage. That added touch of sugar seems to bring out an extra dimension of freshness and cut, which works so well for this Meunier-based Champagne. Apricot, lemon confit, dried flowers and spice are all nicely lifted. The higher dosage is not just felt in the wine's flavor profile, it also comes through in a more translucent overall expression. This release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015, done mostly in neutral oak. Dosage is 7.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: December, 2019.
  • Laherte Freres NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (11/19/2020)

    The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs marries power with energy to a degree I have not seen before here. In this edition, the Brut Nature is decidedly powerful and broad, with less of the tension seen in some previous releases. It's as if all the Chardonnay flavors have been turned up to the maximum. Orange peel, apricot, chamomile and spice are some of the many notes that fill out the layers. The current release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015, all done in neutral oak. Zero dosage. Disgorged: February, 2020.
  • Laherte Freres 2014 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/19/2020)

    The 2014 Extra Brut Les Empreintes, a blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay/Chardonnay Muscatel, is another stellar wine in this range. There is a real sense of weight to the Empreintes. Red plum, kirsch, dried flowers and spice accents fill out the layers in a super expressive, vinous Champagne loaded with character. The only problem with the Empreintes is it is surrounded by equally compelling wines throughout this range. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020.
  • Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/19/2020)

    The NV Extra Brut Les 7 is a blend of the seven authorized grapes in Champagne, co-fermented, done in a perpetual reserve style that goes back to 2005. It is one of the most intriguing wines in the range. Citrus, orchard fruit and floral notes abound as this crystalline, taut Champagne reveals its stunning beauty. Les 7 is finished with no dosage, but there is more than enough natural richness to keep the wine in balance. I loved it. Disgorged: February, 2020.
  • Laherte Freres 2016 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 95 (11/19/2020)

    The 2016 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois is 100% Meunier from vines planted in 1947 and 1964 done in neutral oak. Bright and vibrant in the glass, the 2016 offers a compelling interplay of Meunier richness with striking layers of intense minerality that open over time. Sweet floral notes add inner perfume and the closing flourishes of finesse. This is such a gorgeous wine.