Pinot Meunier + Pinot Noir + Chardonnay from Champagne, France
Champagne Laherte Freres Ultradition NV
It was disgorged in July 2018 and 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. 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.
Aurélien naturally ferments the wines in a mixture of vessels–including two 50-hl Rousseau tronconique casks, old barrels, foudre and concrete. Regardless of vessel, the wines are always on lees and the malolactic fermentation is partially completed (around 60-70% on average). Dosage here 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.