NV Laherte Frères Ultradition
Biodynamic and organic fruit.
Laherte's entry Champagne continues its skywards trajectory. There are now two reserve vintages blended in, giving more complexity and oomph, and the reserve wines now make up 50% of the blend, with 60% of that barrel aged material. As usual, the blend is 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 vines average 30 years of age. The quality being delivered for this price is outstanding. Bright, appley and fragrant, this feels fresh and easy to drink, buttressed by taut, lively acidity. As usual, it's made from a majority of meunier (60 percent), blended with 30 percent chardonnay and ten percent pinot noir. It finishes with brightly citrusy fragrance, its tangerine-like flavors showing energy and vigor.