Laherte Frères 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' 2013

Bottle

A wine of wonderful finesse and purity, the 2013 offers balance between the intense, spicy and floral fruit characteristics of meunier and the briny, minerality of the soils.

 

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Laherte Frères 'Les Vignes d'Autrefois' 2013

Bottle

Composition

Disgorged January 2017. Les Vignes d’Autrefois (the vines of another time) is made from a single press of 100% meunier grapes sourced from two plots of old vines in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay. These vineyards were planted between 1947 and 1953 and are rooted in chalky soils. One site is in Chavot and the other is in Mancy. The viticulture in these sites is entirely biodynamic. As well as referencing the age of the vines, the name also refers to the fact that these vines are all Massale Selections (i.e. non-clonal). Also, some of these vines remain un-grafted. Aurélien uses old Burgundy barrels for the ageing and there is no malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged for around seven months in barrel followed by 30 months on lees in bottle. The dosage of 3g/L  allows the iodine minerality of these chalky terroirs to shine through.

Taste

A wine of wonderful finesse and purity, the 2013 offers balance between the intense, spicy and floral fruit characteristics of meunier and the briny, minerality of the soils.

Glass match

Best enjoyed from a Lehmann Jamesse Prestige, Grand Champagne 45 glass.

Food match

A perfect pairing is with a Niçoise salad, quickly seared fresh tuna alongside all the other traditional ingredients: fresh beans, eggs, tomato, black olives and potatoes.

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