Through Les Empreintes, Laherte Frères reveals the unique ‘fingerprint’ of the village Chavot.
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Les Empreintes comprises a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot noir from two of the family’s finest plots in Chavot. As Laherte explains, the goal is to present ‘the quintessence of each year in this specific terroir’, and so the cuvée is befittingly named Les Empreintes, meaning ‘fingerprints’.
Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested from old vines in Les Chemins d’Epernay, planted in 1957, with Pinot noir from Les Rouges Maisons, planted in 1983. Vinification occurs in old Burgundy barrels and the dosage is 0 to 4 g/L. To preserve the focus of the champagne and the purity of the Chavot terroir, malolactic fermentation is avoided.
The 2011 release is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot noir, with disgorgement by hand in January 2016.
This cuvée has great depth and texture, with vivid aromas of pear, brioche and dried fruits. On the palate, there are characters of yuzu and green apples, with persistent minerality. Precise acidity brings liveliness and balance. Inimitable and poised, Les Empreintes proves to be aptly named.
Best enjoyed from a Lehmann Jamesse Prestige, Grand Champagne 45 glass.
An excellent entrée option with oysters or crispy prawn spring rolls.