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  • 287. 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 2013 vintage (60%) and 2012 (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 22 months bottle age and disgorged with 6.5g/l dosage in April 2016. 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 2019.

  • 288. Champagne Blanc de Blancs AC NV Brut Nature

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    100% Chardonnay (12.5% alc.)

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    Aurelien makes this really good b de b from mid-slope vineyards in Chavot and Epernay where the vines average 32yo. It comes from a blend of 50% 2014, 35% 2013 and 15% 2012 and was oak aged in a mix of foudres and barrels with no malos. The reserve wine helps to give an extra richness and depth to the wine – it has good weight of fruit and on the palate there is a nice play between a marrowy, protein quality, a structure that comes from clay soils, good tension and a brisk saline depth from the chalk. 93 points Antonio Galloni. For drinking now to 2019.

  • 289. Champagne AC NV Rosé de Meunier

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    100% Pinot Meunier (12.5% alc.)

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    This is the newest cuvée made by Aurélien from old vines planted in limestone clay soil, and has been made from 60% 2014 and 40% 2013, with 60% white wine, 30% rosé de maceration and 10% red wine all from meunier grapes. It was disgorged in July 2016 with a 2.5g/l dosage. It is a beautiful rosé with incredibly attractive delicate red fruits, a touch of pepper and a saline freshness on the finish. 94 points Antonio Galloni. For drinking now to 2018.

  • 290. Champagne AC Extra-Brut (2012), Les Vignes d'Autrefois

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    Laherte Frères

    100% Pinot Meunier (12.5% 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 2012 vintage and aged in four to 12yo barrels with malos blocked, it was disgorged by hand in Dec 2015 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 2020.

  • 291. 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.

  • 292. 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 2014 with a 4g/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.