Champagne Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Champagne Laherte Freres NV Rose de Meunier Extra Brut, Champagne AOC

Item Number: 9431

UPC: 0-630646142033

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

Vineyard Notes: The Pinot Meunier grapes are sourced from various vineyards in the Marne Valley as well as Chavot in the Coteaux Sud d'Épernay subregion. The vines age ranges between 25 to 40 years. The multiple parcels have varied exposure. Soils are worked manually.

Vinification: Blend of 30% macerated Pinot Meunier with 60% white wine (immediately pressed Meunier) and 10% still red Meunier. Grapes are picked up by hand when fully ripe. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in in vats, foudres and barrels. The wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation. It is aged for 6 months and lightly filtered before bottling. Dosage was 2.5 grams.

Tasting Notes: It is simultaneously racy and rich, focused and full, with a long, dry finish. This is an exciting new wine by Champagne Laherte Frères, especially for Pinot Meunier lovers.

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (12/14/2016)

    The NV Rosé de Meunier is an intriguing wine made from a combination of Meunier pressed white, along with 30% of the fruit macerated on the skins and 10% still red wine. A Champagne of phenolic power and breadth, the Rosé de Meunier strikes an appealing stylistic middle ground between the more gracious style of the Ultradition and the heavier expression found in the Rosé de Saignée. A host of cranberry, white pepper, rose petal and blood orange overtones run through this beautifully expressive, vibrant Champagne from Laherte. The current release is a blend of the 2013 and 2012 vintages. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: October 2015.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2018)

    The crazy pink colored NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is based on fully ripe Pinot Meunier grown on calcareous clay soils rich in silex. Sixty percent was fermented as Blanc de Noirs, 30% as rosé de macération and 10% as red wine, all in barriques and foudres. The bouquet shows an intensely aromatic, clear, fresh and spicy bouquet of redcurrant, raspberries and cherries. Mouthfilling and fruity but vibrantly fresh on the dry and well-structured palate, this is a pure, persistent, pretty vinous and elegant rosé with a long, aromatic finish and persistent expression. Still young and with nice red wine features, this is a firm rosé but also a great drinking pleasure already.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (11/30/2018)

    The NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is endowed with terrific energy, cut and focus. Readers should expect a taut, vibrant, yet also weightless style of Rosé. Red berry, mint, white pepper and chalk notes are all finely cut in this super-expressive, inviting Champagne from Aurélien Laherte. The Rosé de Meunier is a blend of 60% Meunier vinified off the skins, 30% saignée and 10% still red wine, a combination that works beautifully, equal parts 2016 and 2015. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: April 2018.
  • Vinous
    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.
  • Vinous
    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.