2017 Laherte Freres Les Vignes d'Autrefois

A very limited, 100% Pinot Meunier Champagne from one of the up and coming Champagne greats. This is a brilliant wine, let alone a brilliant Champagne.
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Les Vignes d'Autrefois ('the vines of another time') is made from a single four-tonne press of Pinot Meunier from old vines planted between 1947 and 1964 that grow in several chalky terroirs in Chavot and Mancy. The viticulture at these sites is entirely biodynamic.

It is a very vinous Champagne, not a frivolous balcony wine by any stretch. Very dry and sinewy, spicy and luxurious, and best responds to some time in the glass. Pretty good cellaring option too.

Aurélien uses old Burgundy barrels for the aging (including some sourced from Montille and Leroux) and there was no malo. All up, the wine was aged for seven months in barrel followed by 30 months on lees in bottle. The very low dosage of three grams per litre allows the iodine minerality of these chalky terroirs to sing through.

Emblematic of the quality being achieved at Laherte today and reflecting the tension and low-yield intensity of the vintage, it offers wonderful balance between penetrating spicy, fleshy, red jube fruit and salty, racy deliciousness.

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