Champagne Laherte-Frères Blanc de Blancs / Brut Nature
Chavot, Champagne, NV
Laherte-Frères Blanc de Blancs
Bracing and bright with key lime, young mango, smoky flint and a bit of uncooked dough combined with all the chalky minerality you could ever desire. Brut Nature (zero dosage, no sugar added) wines became all the rage for stretch there as people, myself included, just couldn’t get enough of that intense acidity. That said, there are some wines in this category that seem to showcase the ability to strip the enamel off your teeth, but are unfortunately lacking in much else. Laherte Frères is delightfully balanced with enough ripeness and complexity that create plenty of roundness and fruit driven texture to keep all that ripping acidity well in check.
Aurélien Laherte is a seventh generation grower and makes his wines to show the distinct character of the land. Aurélien believes the diverse mix of soil composition here is the key as Coteaux Sud d’Epernay falls right between the Côte des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne, providing the best of both worlds for his fruit.
100% Chardonnay from Coteaux Sud d’Epernay, Organically farmed. 50% 2015 and 50% reserve from ‘13 + ‘14. Primary fermentation in barrels with regular lees stirring.. Disgorged January 2018. Zero dosage.
Bracing and bright with key lime, young mango, smoky flint and a bit of uncooked dough, and all the chalky minerality you could ever desire. Delightfully balanced with enough ripeness, complexity, and fruit driven texture to keep that ripping acidity well in check.
Champagne Georges Laval ‘Garennes’ / Extra Brut
Chavot, Champagne, NV
Champagne Georges Laval ‘Garennes’
Citrus rinds, hazelnuts and yellow miso. Not exactly your normal Champagne descriptors, eh? Well there are several factors at play here that make this heady bubbly uniquely delicious beyond its peers. First of all, welcome to the world of Pinot Meunier, where up is often down and the traditional fruit driven complexions of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay based Champagnes can steer a touch closer towards the umami side of the palate. Secondly, this wine is a whopping 60% reserve wine! Meaning that Vincent Laval has masterfully blended a fresh base wine with past vintages that he keeps like a well protected time capsule. This is not an uncommon practice, though generally in lesser amounts. In fact, there are a number of producers that use reserve wines dating back to 20+ years old in some cases (Krug is actually the King of reserve wine blending.) It’s a process that allows for maximum artistry in the winemaker’s arsenal of tools when it comes to making great Champagne.
Vincent Laval makes undoubtedly some of the most sought after wines within the grower producer geek circles and we could not be more honored to share. He is the fourth generation growing grapes in Cumières and they’ve been certified Organic since the early seventies. This is thoughtfully crafted and meticulously nurtured wine through and through, it’s easy to see why it’s so difficult to come by.
Organically farmed 40% Pinot Meunier 2017 from Chambrecy / Montagne de Reims. Reserve wine from Cumieres is 30%PM, 5% PN from 2011 / 20% PM 2013 & 5% CH 2014 from Cumières – fermented in neutral Burgundy Barrels. Minimal S02. Disgorged in Summer, 2018. 2 grams per liter dosage.
Citrus rinds, hazelnuts and yellow miso – Pinot Meunier brings us a touch closer towards the umami side of the palate. This is a thoughtfully crafted and meticulously nurtured 60% reserve wine. Certified Organic.