Champagne Laherte Freres

Country of Origin: France
Location: Chavot, Côteaux Sud d’Épernay
People: Laherte Family, Owners | Aurélien Laherte, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic


Champagne Laherte Freres 2017 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC Login <1 Case
Champagne Laherte Freres 2019 Blanc de Blancs, 'Les Grandes Crayeres, Champagne AOC Login <1 Case
Champagne Laherte Freres 2018 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 94 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres 2019 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login <1 Case
Champagne Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login AG 94 AG 94 WA 90 In Stock
Champagne Laherte Freres 2019 Rose de Saignee Extra Brut, Les Beaudiers, Champagne AOC Login <1 Case
Champagne Laherte Freres NV 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC Login WA 93 AG 92 AG 94 WA 93 AG 94 In Stock

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Founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, this family-run estate has been in the Lahertes’ hands for seven generations. Since 2005, Aurélien Laherte - the seventh generation - has been giving a new dimension to the estate, while following in the footsteps of his father Thierry and his uncle Christian, the Laherte brothers. 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. The estate has over 350 oak barrels in which it ferments and matures 80% of the parcels to highlight each terroir. They carefully blend the parcels to create a unique personality for each wine they produce. The result is wine that truly reflects the nuance of its place and time.

Wine Advocate 9/2021
"Producing some 150,000 bottles per year, Aurélien Laherte took direction of this important estate in the village of Chavot, in the Côteaux Sud d'Epernay, in 2005. Step by step, he's moved toward organic viticulture, experimenting with cover crops and higher canopies, replanting heritage varieties and updating the winery facilities. The vins clairs are now vinified in tank, foudre and barrel—the latter purchased used from Beaune's Benjamin Leroux—and the wines are dosed with MCR and closed with Diam Mytik, of which Laherte was an early adopter. These are chiseled, characterful wines, founded on good farming, and they represent fine values in the world of contemporary grower Champagne."

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."


  • Laherte Freres (1.5 L) NV Brut 'Ultradition' Champagne AOC
    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 '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 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    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 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    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 NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Rating: 94 (12/6/2019)

    One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is powerful, vinous and structured. It is also quite reticent and not at all forthcoming. A bit more time in bottle should do the trick, though. Hints of rose petal, mint, game, dried herbs and licorice add intrigue to a Rosé that is at once powerful and laser-like in its focus. There is plenty of Meunier character, and yet the best is very clearly yet to come. The current release is a blend of equal parts 2016 and 2015 done in a pretty unique style that blends 60% white pressed Meunier, 30% rosé de saignée, 10% still red Meunier, an approach that works beautifully here. Dosage: 2.5 gr/L. Disgorged: October, 2018.
  • 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 'Les 7' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    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 NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Rating: 94 (11/19/2020)

    The NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is dazzling. Rich yet focused, with superb depth, Laherte's Extra Brut Rosé is a magical Champagne in every way. Orange peel, sweet red berry fruit, cranberry, mint and chalk are some of the many aromas and flavors that develop as this breathtaking Champagne shows off its pedigree. This release is a blend of 2017 and 2016 composed of 60% Meunier (white), 30% Meunier (macerated) and 10% Meunier (still red wine). In a word: magical. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: March, 2020.
  • Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (9/23/2021)

    Disgorged earlier this year, the NV Extra-Brut Rosé de Meunier bursts with aromas of red berries, peonies, licorice and spices. Medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, it's layered and vinous, with a ripe core of fruit and brisk girdling acids. As usual, it's a blend of 60% direct pressed Pinot Meunier, 30% macerated Pinot Meunier and 10% red Pinot Meunier.
  • Laherte Freres 2018 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC
    Rating: 94 (11/1/2022)

    "The 2018 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois is a selection of 100% Meunier sourced from vines planted between 1947 and 1964. Deeply-pitched and vinous, the Autrefois fills out beautifully with a bit of time in the glass. The aromatics alone are thrilling, but all the elements are so well balanced. Old-vine Meunier planted on chalk yields a Champagne that deftly balances richness with vibrancy. The Autrefois nimbly captures the essence of the house style. It's a gorgeous Champagne from Laherte. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged: November, 2021. Drinking window: 2022-2030." - Antonio Galloni