Champagne Laherte Freres Les Vignes D'Autrefois 2011

Les Vignes d'Autrefois (the vines of another time) is one of the more fascinating Champagnes in the range. It is also one of three, straight Pinot Meunier that we now offer (with Egly's Vignes de Vrigny and Prévost's les Beguines). This wine is made from old vines planted between 1947 and 1953 t...



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Varietal
Non Vintage
Brand Name
Laherte Freres
Style
Sparkling Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Champagne

Product Description

Les Vignes d'Autrefois (the vines of another time) is one of the more fascinating Champagnes in the range. It is also one of three, straight Pinot Meunier that we now offer (with Egly's Vignes de Vrigny and Prévost's les Beguines). This wine is made from old vines planted between 1947 and 1953 that grow in several chalky terroirs in Chavot and Mancy. The viticulture in these sites is entirely biodynamic. The name references both the fact that these vines are all massale selections as well as their age. Like the Prévost wine, it is the product of a single vintage. Aurèlien uses old Burgundy barrels for this cuvée (some sourced from Benjamin Leroux!) and there is no malo. This is a delicious, moreish wine with a core of jubey, succulent fruit and great cut and thrust. There is also a very low dosage (this is extra brut) allowing the iodine-y minerality of the wine to scream though.

"This is pure meunier, made from 40- to 60-year old vines in the villages of Chavot and Mancy. The chalky soils of this area are clearly felt here, creating a racy, minerally intensity underneath the citrusy fruit. Although it's not a rich wine, it possesses a certain depth and body that balances the acidity well, and even in the absence of malolactic, the 2 g/l of dosage here is perfectly judged, allowing this to feel expressive and fragrant while remaining lively and dry. The length on the finish is superb, driven by that vivacious chalkiness." Peter Liem, champagneguide.net

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