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Champagne Laherte Freres Ultradition Brut NV

2016 base, disgorged in January 2019. Laherte's entry Champagne continues its skywards trajectory (like all of this producer's wines). This current release is comfortably the finest Ultradition we have shipped. It was made from both biodynamic and organically reared fruit. There are now two reserve vintages blended in, giving more complexity and oomph. The current release is based on 20...


93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous


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

Product Description

2016 base, disgorged in January 2019. Laherte's entry Champagne continues its skywards trajectory (like all of this producer's wines). This current release is comfortably the finest Ultradition we have shipped. It was made from both biodynamic and organically reared fruit. There are now two reserve vintages blended in, giving more complexity and oomph. The current release is based on 2016 with the reserve wines coming from 2015 and 2014. The reserve wines now make up 40% of the blend (a key to the leap in quality), with 60% comprising barrel-aged material. In terms of the varietal mix, the blend remains 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from a total of seven different parcels across the Côteaux Sud d'Épernay and Vallée de la Marne, namely Chavot, Mancy, Morangis, Le Breuil, Boursault, Moussy and Vaudancourt. The average age of the vines is 30 years.

Laherte naturally ferments the wines in a mixture of vessels, including two 50-hl Rousseau tronconique casks, old barrels, foudre and concrete. The wines are always on lees and the malolactic fermentation is partially completed (around 60-70% on average). Dosage is only 4 g/L. 

This is simply a top value grower wine; bright, pure and juicy with loads of delicious red currant, apple skin Meunier fruit, and a punchy, mineral close. The quality being delivered for this price is outstanding. 

"The NV Extra Brut Ultradition is a gorgeous wine at its level, and also a terrific introduction to the Laherte Champagnes. Translucent and energetic, the Ultradition has a lot to offer. Pear, almond and dried flowers meld together as this creamy, ample Champagne shows off its distinctive personality. The flavors are brilliant and chiseled throughout. What a gorgeous wine this is. The Ultradition is based on Meunier (unusual for a NV Champagne), with 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir." 93 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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