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Champagne Laherte Frères Rosé de Meunier Extra Bruttext
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Champagne Laherte Frères Rosé de Meunier Extra Brut NV

Champagne, FranceThe 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 Founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte, the estate was originally made up of vines primarily in the village of Chavot.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. In 2005, his son Aurélien Laherte overtook operations of the estate. The 10.5 hectares of Larherte vineyards are situated largely in the Coteaux Sud D'Epernay, sandwiched between the Cotes des Blancs and the Vallee de la Marne. 7 of their 75+ separate parcels are farmed biodynamically and certified organic, with the rest organic and / or sustainably farmed. This cuvée is sourced from vineyards with an average age of 25 years, and more than 40 years for the parcels that are selected for the still red wine. It is a blend of 30% macerated Meunier, 60% white wine (immediately pressed Meunier) and 10% still red Meunier, generally equal parts The wine was fermented in vats, foudres, and barrels, with partial MLF, and is an equal blend of the two most recent vintages, dosed with 2.5 g/L after a minimum 24 months on lees. Deeply hued, with wild strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, sour cherry, meringue, along a medium bodied palate, finishing with ample chalkiness. Acidity is bright and buzzing, taking this to a lightly oxidative finish. I think the bottle would fare much better if not packaged in clear glass, to prevent the inevitable light strike. As is, enjoy this distinctively pinot meunier, and its stunning label, now.Tasted: 12 November 2021Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 80.00 private wine shops Producer: Champagne Laherte FrèresDistributors: Olivier Brands
Grape: Pinot MeunierCSPC: 361728