Champagne Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' (Antique Label), Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Freres NV Extra Brut 'Ultradition' (Antique Label), Champagne AOC

Item Number: 12524

UPC: 0-630646142019

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 60% Pinot Meunier / 30% Chardonnay / 10% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

Reserve Wines: 40% of the blend is from previous years
Dosage: 4.5 g/L

Tasting Notes: The Ultradition Extra Brut has crisp energy and beautiful minerality.

Winemaking Notes: The vines average 30 years old. They are farmed biodynamically. The grapes are manually harvested when fully ripe. A traditional press is used to gently press the grapes. Alcoholic fermentation occurs in a mixture of stainless steel vats, foudres and barrels. The wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation. It ages on the lees for 6 months.

Reviews

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.