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Champagne, Vallée de la Marne

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  • 280. Champagne Grand Cru AC NV Extra-Brut

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    Lamiable

    60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Stylish, racy champagne with a fresh floral fruitiness and insistent mineral notes from the grand cru village of Tours-sur-Marne, located at the eastern end of the Vallée de la Marne and just below Bouzy. It’s a blend of one third 2012 and two thirds reserve wine from a solera system (or perpetual reserve). Cuve aged and with malolactics completed, it was disgorged in May 2014 with a 4g/l dosage. Great value for money. For drinking now to 2017+.

  • 281. Champagne AC NV Brut, Ultradition

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    Laherte Frères

    60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    This is a subtle amalgam of the domaine’s holdings. Based on the 2012 vintage (60%) and 2011 (40%), the wine was initially aged 50% in cuve and 50% in oak (recent foudres and fûts from three to 15yo) and 60% of the malos were completed. It was given 20 months bottle age and disgorged with 7g/l dosage at the end of 2014. On the nose this gives complex notes of citrus zest, fresh baked bread, chalky tones and floral notes typical of a cuvée based around pinot meunier. There is a good depth of red fruits with floral and saline notes on the palate and it has a supple texture and a refreshing finish. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 282. Champagne AC Extra-Brut, Les Vignes d'Autrefois

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    Laherte Frères

    100% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

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    The Laherte family used four parcels of vines averaging 60yo in the villages of Chavot and Mancy for this cuvée. Made entirely from the 2010 vintage and aged in four to 12yo barrels with malos blocked, it was disgorged by hand in May 2014 with a 4g/l dosage. It is very terroir rather than fruit driven on the nose, has sculpted, incisive red fruits with floral notes on the palate, and sustained gorgeous fruit and marked salinity on the finish. For drinking now to 2017.

  • 283. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2010) Empreintes

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    Laherte Frères

    50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

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    This cuvée is designed to exhibit just how good the terroir of Chavot can be. Here the pinot noir is planted in rich clay, and the 55yo chardonnay in chalk. Aged in 3-5yo barrels with no malos, the fruit is delicious showing tangerine, papaya and hints of ginger, all the time beautifully underlined by a striking mineral quality, with outstanding length and energy.  Disgorged in Oct 2014 with a dosage of 4g/l. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 284. Champagne AC Extra-Brut, Les 7

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    Laherte Frères

    18% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, 17% Pinot Blanc, 15% Petit Meslier, 14% Pinot Noir, 10% Fromenteau, 8% Arbanne (12.5% alc.)

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    A unique champagne made from a solera system (or perpetual reserve) started in 2005 of seven older Burgundy barrels from which 40% of reserve wines are pulled off annually to add to 60% of wines of the year. The young vines here were complanted by Thierry Laherte and are tended bio-dynamically. From a base year of 2010 and with malos blocked this was disgorged by hand in December 2013 with a 4 g/l dosage.Complex and harmonious champagne, with a mix of chalky minerals and truffles on the nose, it is subtle and restrained, with a savoury, earthy note on the finish. For drinking now to 2018.