Laherte Freres was started by Jean Baptiste Laherte planting vines in the village of Chavot in 1889. Since 2005 7th generation winemaker Aurélien Laherte has been running the estate and working sustainably in their 11 hectares of vineyards. Aurélien wants his Champagnes to showcase the vineyards they are soured from, so he works hard to preserve that character. The dosages are also low so that the vineyard expression can shine through without being masked by sugar. We were able to swing by here while in Champagne a few years back, leaving the tasting room utterly impressed. This Cuvee is a Blanc de Noirs from the furthest plot of vines that Laherte has in Chavot, a slow ripening parcel of Pinot Noir planted on sandy clay over limestone. Les Longues Voyes is Fermented in barrel and spends 18 months on the lees seeing a 4 g/l dosage. The terroir and fruit expression here is so unique to this Champagne, making it one of the must try's of grower Champagne. Nice note below by Galloni we have some of the only bottles of this new 2016 release in the USA.
Antonio Galloni 94 points! "The 2016 Extra Brut Blanc de Noirs Les Longues Voyes 1er Cru is a dense, powerful Champagne built on vertical intensity. The dark, brooding side of Pinot emerges as the Longues Voyes starts to open in the glass. There is a real sense of gravitas here. Pear, white flowers, spice and almond are all nicely woven together. Even with all of that intensity, the 2016 retains gorgeous aromatic lift and freshness. I would give it a year or two in the cellar, as it is very tight. The Les Longues Voyes sees relatively long aging in barrel of 18 months. Dosage is 4 grams per liter. Disgorged: February, 2020."