Champagne Laherte Frères À Chavot Extra-Brut Ultradition, France

The Laherte estate was founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte. At this time, most of the vines were situated in a village known as Chavost. Aurélien Laherte is part of a dynamic, young generation of vignerons making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven Champagnes using a natural approach to viticulture and winemaking. 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir from parcels across the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay, Valle de la Marne and Cote de Blancs. Aurelien Laherte ferments the wines in a mix of foudres, tanks and barrels with regular stirring of the lees. Wine based on the 2010 and 2011 vintage with 40% reserve wine. “Bright, appley and fragrant, this feels fresh and easy to drink, buttressed by taut, lively acidity. It finishes with brightly citrusy fragrance, its tangerine-like flavors showing energy and vigor.”