Laherte Frères was founded in 1889 in the small village of Chavot-Courcourt on the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, in the south of Épernay. Initially growing and selling grapes to the local cooperative, the Laherte family steadily expanded their Estate over generations and began bottling champagne under their eponymous label when Thierry and Christian Laherte, brothers and sixth generation vignerons, became proprietors. Now, Aurélien Laherte, Thierry’s son, represents the seventh generation and heads the entire family Domaine, patiently tending to 11ha of vines across 10 different villages in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs.
All seven permitted grape varieties in Champagne AOC are grown over 75 plots that are farmed either organically or biodynamically. Each plot is meticulously vinified on its own, and 80% of the House’s cuvées are fermented and matured in wooden vessels. As a result, the growing repertoire of unique champagnes that Laherte Frères produces today are fascinating, undeniably terroir-driven and a devoted paean to sustainable viticulture in the modern age of global warming. The wines reflect an impervious civic duty and moral responsibility to protect Champagne’s future while preserving nature. As Aurélien humbly explains, ‘Nature [comes] first. You follow nature and you help’.