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Laherte-Freres, 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' Extra Brut 2016
France / Sparkling

Laherte-Freres, 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' Extra Brut 2016

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

A stunning, luxury, Champagne from one of the most exciting young winemakers in Champagne. It’s from two plots of old Pinot Meunier growing in Côteaux Sud d'Epernay, a sub-region sandwiched between the Côtes des Blancs and the Vallée de la Marne. Fermented in used Burgundy barrels, with no malo and low dosage, this balances Meunier’s natural richness with vivid acids and deeply complex, vibrant, flavors. Lovely wine to pair with lobster or scallops now and improving for a decade-plus.

Tasting Notes from Vinous: "The 2016 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois is 100% Meunier from vines planted in 1947 and 1964 done in neutral oak. Bright and vibrant in the glass, the 2016 offers a compelling interplay of Meunier richness with striking layers of intense minerality that open over time. Sweet floral notes add inner perfume and the closing flourishes of finesse. This is such a gorgeous wine. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Vallee de la Marne
Region
Champagne
Varieties
Pinot Meunier
Farming
Organic
Soil
Clay over chalk