2016 Laherte Freres Les Longues Voyes Blanc de Noirs

In Champagne, where Pinot Noir pedigree and brooding structure go a long way, this outstanding vintage release is well worth a detour.

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Usually hyper-local in his approach to growing and sourcing grapes, Aurèlien makes an exception to go 25km further afield to the Montagne de Reims.

A sub-region famous for its Pinot Noir pedigree, he’s managed to access a single hectare of biodynamic fruit, grown by a good friend. Limestone soils here lend depth and austere structure to these grapes, warranting extended ageing in both barrel and bottle to soften things.

With intense pulpy red fruit and herbal, smokey layers, in just the third release of this special wine, it’s very much evident the long haul is worth it.

This is just the third release of this very limited production Blanc de Noir of 100% Pinot Noir. Sourced from a single hectare of biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Montagne de Reims owned by a good friend of Aurelien's. In the village of Chamery, the 35-year-old vines are rooted in clay and silts over a limestone base.

Les Longue Voye translates as 'the Long Way.' The name refers to the long distance of 25km (compared to Laherte's other plots!) between Chavot and Montagne de Reims, as well as the extended maturation it receives - 18 months in barrel and 18-20 months in bottle. Disgorged February 2020.

Fermented and aged on lees in old Burgundy barrels, there is no malolactic and the dosage is a low 4 grams per litre. The two vintage Blanc de Noirs in the Long Voyes and Autrefois offer a fascinating opportunity to compare the expressions of vine age, soils and variety - Meunier against Pinot Noir.

Region: Champagne, France
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
ABV: 12.50%
Closure: 750ml
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Production: 2994 bottles

94 Points - "The 2016 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru is a dense, powerful Champagne built on vertical intensity. The dark, brooding side of Pinot emerges as the Longues Voyes starts to open in the glass. There is a real sense of gravitas here. Pear, white flowers, spice and almond are all nicely woven together. Even with all of that intensity, the 2016 retains gorgeous aromatic lift and freshness. I would give it a year or two in the cellar, as it is very tight." - Antonio Galloni (Vinous)

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