Disgorged June 2020
We probably don't need to keep say this, but Laherte's entry Champagne continues its skywards trajectory. Dubbed "just impeccable, especially within its peer group," by Galloni, Ultradition is made from both biodynamic and organically reared fruit. There are now two reserve vintages blended in, which make up 40% of the blend (a key to the leap in quality), with 60% comprising barrel-aged material. The blend remains 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from a total of seven different parcels across the Côteaux Sud d'Épernay and Vallée de la Marne, namely Chavot, Mancy, Morangis, Le Breuil, Boursault, Moussy and Vaudancourt. The average age of the vines is 30 years.
Aurélien naturally ferments the wines in a mixture of vessels--including two 50-hL Rousseau tronconique casks, old barrels, foudre and concrete. Regardless of vessel, the wines are always on lees and the malolactic fermentation is partially completed (around 60-70% on average). This bottling was disgorged in June 2020 with a dosage of 4.5 g/l.
This is simply a top value grower wine: bright, pure and juicy with loads of delicious redcurrant, apple-skin Meunier fruit, and a punchy, mineral close. The quality being delivered for this price is outstanding. Importer Notes.