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

    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.

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Winemaker
Thierry, Christian and Aurélien Laherte.
Location
Villages of Chavot and Mancy (Marne).
Size of domaine
10 hectares of which this cuvée comprises 0.55ha.
Grape
100% Pinot Meunier. Vines planted between 1947 and 1960. Massale selection from family vineyard on 41B rootstock, 8.500 vines per hectare, trained Cordon and Chablis.
Terroir
Clay and limestone. Silty soil. 170m above sea level. East and North aspect on 5° slopes. Soil is 30cm.
Viticulture
Debud, no vendanges en vert. Soil ploughed with a crawler and a tractor. Allow grass to grow from the beginning of July, cutting it back only when it becomes too vigorous. Copper, infusion of plants and sulphur are used against oidium and mildiou. Organic compost used during Winter. Manual harvest. Yields are 40 to 65hh depending on vintages.
Vinification
Traditional press. Natural indigenous yeasts only. 1st fermentation has given an average of 10.5% alcohol, so just a touch of chaptalisation necessary. Vinification in 10 to 30 year old barrels at 12°C-20°C for 10 days up to 1 month. No malolactic fermentation. Elevage on fine lees for 7 months. No racking. No reserve wine is used. The wine is neither fined nor filtered. 24g/l of sugar used for the secondary fermentation. 30 months sur latte. 2 to 4g/l of MCR used for dosage. Kept in cellars for further 6 months post degorging. 3.300 to 4.000 bottles produced.
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