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Benoit Lahaye, 'Rose de Maceration' Extra Brut NV
France / Sparkling

Benoit Lahaye, 'Rose de Maceration' Extra Brut NV

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Notes from Charles Neal Selections:

"Benoit Lahaye is located in Bouzy, a grand cru village in the Montagne de Reims. His family has been making Champagne there since the 1930’s, and today he works in the winery with his wife Valérie and their 2 sons. The domaine, which covers 4.8 hectares, is situated in the regions of Bouzy, Ambonnay and Tauxières. Bouzy brings structure, power and fruit to the wines while Ambonnay brings acidity and roundness. The estate is mainly planted with Pinot Noir (just under 90%) on south- and southwest-facing slopes. The vines average 35 to 40 years old. The total production is less than 40,000 bottles per year.

In 2003, Lahaye began to work the property fully organically, and 2007 was the first vintage to be certified by ECOCERT. Lahaye uses only his own compost and organic manure to enrich his soil. Since 2009, Lahaye has also been applying biodynamic principles to further improve the expression of his terroir and reveal the full potential of his soil and vines. He says that the switch to biodynamic practices has brought higher potential alcohol at harvest, but also higher acidity. In 2010, the estate was certified biodynamic by Biodyvin. His 9-year old work horse Tamise, who became part of the family in 2010, leads Benoit around the vineyards, plowing the soil and spreading compost. ​In the cellar the work is as minimal as possible.

Champagne Benoit Lahaye “Rosé de Maceration Les Juliennes” Extra Brut 100% Pinot Noir from Les Juliennes, a vineyard located on the terres blanches (white soils) in Bouzy on the border with Tauxières, planted in 1973. Whole cluster maceration for 2 to 3 days, then direct pressing of the grapes. The still wine is racked once and not filtered before its secondary fermentation. Low dosage at 2-3 grams/liter (extra brut). Production is around 4,000 bottles. Its fresh, inviting acidity perfectly balances the bright red fruits (raspberry, cherry) it generously offers up."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Bouzy
Region
Champagne
Varieties
Pinot Noir
Farming
Organic and Biodynamic
Soil
Brown chalky soils
Winemaking
Vinification in used barrels with indigenous yeasts, malolactic fermentation; no racking or filtration during elevage, no dosage or sulfur at any point