Laherte Frères Brut Nature, Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France NV (3L)
Aurélien Laherte is part of a dynamic generation of young vignerons making waves in Champagne and producing a fine array of terroir-driven wines using a natural approach to viticulture and winemaking. Like many of Champagne's top practicioners, the estate has begun to produce a series of tiny production, single-vineyard, single vintage cuvees (around 3,000 bottles each) from some of their most unique and expressive biodynamically-farmed parcels. This Blanc De Blancs is from the best parcels of Chardonnay from the southern slopes of Epernay and the Côte des Blancs. 50% of reserve wine is included in this blend. Primary fermentation takes places in a combination of foudres and barrels with regular lees stirring. The wine goes through partial malolactic fermentation and has zero dosage. This Blanc de Blancs is representative of the purity and bracing minerality of Chardonnay found in the chalky soils of the area.
Pairing: Grilled sea food, oysters, crab cakes
Grape: 100% Chardonnay
Farming Practices: Biodynamic