Champagne Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Freres 2015 'Les Vigne d'Autrefois' Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 14017

UPC: 6-306461420192

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Sub Region: Vallee de la Marne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Meunier
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Clay and silt with chalk subsoil

This cuvée is a tribute to Aurélien Laherte's ancestors and to the grape variety Pinot Meunier. The selected plots were planted by his forefathers between 1947 and 1953.

Dosage: 2 to 4 g/L

Vinification: Aurèlien uses the traditional wooden Coquard presses. Fermentation occurs with native yeast in barrels from Burgundy. Aurèlien buys barrels from Benjamin Leroux and the Liger-Belair family (of la Romanée fame). The wine matures for 6 months with regular stirring of the lees. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation.

Fruit Source: The selected Pinot Meunier plots for this wine were planted by the Laherte family between 1947 and 1953 in the villages of Chavot and Mancy within the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay subregion. Some have been planted on French rootstock, others are the result of old massal selection. Les Vigne d'Autrefois is 100% Pinot Meunier. However, there are a few Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Fromenteau vines in the parcels.

95pts (2016 Vintage) Vinous 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. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020."

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.