Aurèlien Laherte is a name to remember. Taking over his family’s estate in 2007, on the slopes of Épernay in the south of Champagne, Aurelien has been making pure precise grower-maker champagne ever since. In total he has almost 10 hectares, broken up over 75+ parcels of land.
This is a model of what can be achieved in less well-known terroirs by careful study of the soil, a viticulture of the highest order, and delicate considered winemaking.
Disgorged in November 2021, this wine is a blend of two reserve vintages, making up 40% of the blend, and 60% is comprised of barrel-aged material. The varietal blend remains 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir, with the fruit drawn from seven different parcels across the Côteaux Sud d'Épernay and Vallée de la Marne (namely Chavot, Mancy, Morangis, Le Breuil, Boursault, Moussy and Vaudancourt). The average age of the vines is 30 years.
Bright, pure and juicy with loads of delicious red currant, floral and apple skin from the pinot meunier fruit. A hint of spice adds complexity and the finish is bright as a button, driven by by a zesty, mineral length.
(base 2019 disgorged November 2021)