Laherte Frères,


Pinot Meunier,
  • Robert Parker: 90


Bottle size: 750 ml,

In stock

Aurélien Laherte is part of a dynamic, young generation of vignerons making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven Champagnes using a natural approach to viticulture and winemaking. Along with his high school friend Raphael Bereche – another rising star in the region – Aurélien founded the “Terres et Vins” group of Champenois producers in 2009. This group taps some of Champagne’s more progressive and like-minded producers, including Agrapart and Marie-Courtin, among others. Each spring, the group holds a tasting in Champagne to showcase both the vins clairs of the previous harvest as well as their actual bubbly versions.

The notion of holding a tasting of Champagne vins clairs would have been unheard of 10 or 15 years ago, as these raw, screechy-acid wines can often be a teeth-chattering experience. But the progress in viticulture and winemaking has resulted in a new school of “Vinous Champagnes” as well as a sea change in how the beverage itself is perceived. Alas, Champagne is, first and foremost, a wine!

Category: SKU: 35936504a37d
In The Cellar
This is one of the newest cuvée made by Aurélien from 25-40yo vines planted in limestone clay soil and has been made from equal parts 2016 and 2015, with 60% white wine, 30% rosé de macération and 10% red wine all from meunier grapes. It was disgorged in May 2019 with a 2.5g/l dosage.

In The Vineyard
Sourced from vineyards with an average age of 25 years and more than 40 years for the parcels that are selected for the elaboration of the red wine. It is a blend of 30% macerated Meunier, 60% white wine (immediately pressed Meunier) and 10% still red Meunier. Grapes are hand picked when fully ripened. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in in vats, foudres and barrels. Malolactic fermentation is partialy made. Disgorgement is done by hand.
It is a beautiful rosé with incredibly attractive delicate red fruits, a touch of pepper and a saline freshness on the finish. As well as being excellent on its own, its structure (thanks to the perfectly judged blend) makes it extremely versatile with food. A strong effort from Aurélien who has also designed beautiful, colourful and eye-catching labels.