Laherte Extra Brut Les Vignes d’Autrefois 2014


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“The 2014 Extra Brut Vignes d’Autrefois, 100% Meunier, is powerful and radiant on the palate, with tremendous depth and exceptional overall balance. Mirabelle, kirsch, dried herbs, dried pear and spice notes are front and center. Ethereal, light on its feet and also quite exotic, the 2014 is superb. I would prefer to drink it over the next handful of years. This is a compelling expression of Meunier. Dosage is 2-4 grams per liter. Disgorged: January 2018. Drinking window: 2018-2029. 94 points

These Champagnes reinforce my strongly held view that Aurélien Laherte is one of the most talented vignerons of his generation in Champagne. The range this year is truly stellar. Some of the highlights include the Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs (2015 this year), a wine I often buy for my own cellar, the 2014 Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Les Grandes Crayères, which is new, and the (2014) Extra Brut Rosé de Saignée Les Baudiers. Readers who have not tasted these Champagnes owe it to themselves do so. Aurélien Laherte is young, passionate and humble. It is only a matter of time before he is recognized as one of Champagne’s elite vignerons. As for the wines, they are spectacular.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (11/18)