Lahert Frères is a négociant in Chavot, France, and their nonvintage brut consists of 60% Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot noir, sourced from the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay and the Vallée de la Marne. The base wine is fermented and aged 7 months in French oak barrels. The finished wine is dosed to 6–8 g/L of sugar; this bottle was disgorged in February, 2022.
The robe is deep gold with a busy bead. The fragrance is nutty, with notes of sherry, honey, and beeswax. The palate has tawny notes of almond, marzipan, and cherrystone, and it has a red-fruited core; blind, I might have thought it was a rosé. The texture is lively, active, prickly rather than creamy, and it has an expansive finish.
NV Laherte Frères Brut Champagne
12.5% ABV | About $45; imported by Polaner Selections
Have only discovered their wines in the last couple of years, helped along by a very good Zoom session. Quite the broad range of cuvées. Haven’t had the regular Brut yet, but it sounds like a good selection for us given the Meunier.
It was an accidental discovery for me, added to flesh out a cart, to be honest. I’d like to explore some of their other wines, based on this experience.
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