Laherte Frères - NV Blanc de Blancs

NV Blanc de Blancs

Champagne, France

Pierre and Sophie Larmandier craft exceptional wines led by a non-interventionalist, non-conformist, purist philosophy. The vineyards are tirelessly farmed biodynamically (almost unheard of in Champagne) and produce exceptionally low yields, with the average vine age being 35 years – ancient by Champagne standards. All Larmandier's wines are wild fermented in large format casks, aged in underground cellars over more than two years, and bottled unfined and unfiltered with low or no dosage (manually) in order to capture every ounce of his incredible mineral terroir.

This striking grower Champagne is 100% Chardonnay from the family's chalkiest soils in Chavot, Vaudancourt, 1er Cru Voipreux and Épernay – all biodynamically farmed. These stony, mineral terroirs give the wine intense minerality and chalky precision, while the high clay content supplies fruit weight. It sings with depth and ripeness, with swathes of white peach, lemon pith and brown spice notes. The palate is uber bright with chalky precision and a refreshing quinine and flinty lick to close.

This disgorgement is a 50/50 blend of 2014 and 2013. Malolactic fermentation was partially suppressed. It has been aged for just over two years in bottle following a first fermentation in large cask and epoxy-lined tanks. Disgorged in July 2015 – à la volée (by hand).