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Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Extra Brut MV

Laherte Freres Rose de Meunier Extra Brut MV

100% Pinot Meunier. Aurélien Laherte is part of a dynamic generation of young vignerons making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven wines using a natural approach to viticulture and winemaking. Along with his high school friend Raphael Bereche – another star in the region - Aurélien founded the “Terres et Vins” collective of producers back in 2009. This group taps some of Champagne’s more progressive and like-minded producers, including Agrapart, Marie-Courtin, Vincent Laval, Benoit Lahaye, among others. The Laherte family has a long history in the region. Founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, the estate was originally made up of vines primarily in the village of Chavot. Fourth-generation vigneron Michel Laherte expanded the family estate which then covered about five hectares. With his wife Cécile, the two young vignerons modernized the press and tanks but soon realized that too much modernity such as the use of herbicides and pesticides would prevent full terroir expression in the wines. They began working the soils, gently vinifying the juices, and remaining humble and patient as the wines developed. This philosophy is the foundation of the estate and has endured through the generations. Today, under the direction of Aurélien Laherte who took over in 2005, the estate has become one of the most progressive and dynamic rising stars in the appellation. Like many of Champagne's top practitioners, the estate has begun to produce a series of tiny production, single-vineyard, single vintage cuvees (around 3,000 bottles each) from some of their most unique and expressive biodynamically-farmed parcels. These wines are all vinified in used Burgundy barrels, without malolactic fermentation, and are bottled without fining and filtration. They are then finished with little or no dosage so as to not mask the individuality of the underlying terroirs. This innovative blend of 60% macerated Meunier, 30% immediately pressed white Meunier, and 10% still red Meunier is downright gulpable. It is sourced from vines that have an average age of 25 years with 40-year-old vines being used for the still red portion. It is simultaneously racy and rich, focused and full, with a long, dry finish. An exciting new wine especially for Meunier lovers. These vibrant, energetic, and racy wines are why we love the champagnes of Laherte Freres so damn much.

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$55.00
/ 750ml
SKU: 1874880100000750
Wine Specs
Varietal
Champagne Blend
Robert Parker
90
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
"Disgorged in July 2019 with 2.5 grams per liter dosage, the NV Extra-Brut Rosé de Meunier exhibits aromas of red berries, rhubarb, spices and dried white flowers. Medium to full-bodied, bright and incisive, with delicate but refreshing phenolic presence, racy acids and a precise, saline finish, it's more vinous than the Ultradition. Like the Ultradition, however, it's a blend of 60% direct pressed Pinot Meunier, 30% macerated Pinot Meunier and 10% red Pinot Meunier." - William Kelley
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