The Rose de Meunier has been our best-selling rose of 2021, and we are finally down to the last few bottles. This is a Champagne that shows how beautiful Pinot Meunier is in the right hands and that it can be the star of the show and not just a supporting act. Laherte Freres has been on a roll, and while we have offered their Champagnes over the years, their recent releases are spectacular. This is an absolute joy to drink and one of those wines you can geek out on if you want but still appeal to many palates. Another perfect option for the upcoming holiday season, this is not a bottle of Champagne to miss.
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Laherte Freres was started by Jean Baptiste Laherte, who planted vines in the village of Chavot in 1889. Since 2005 Aurélien Laherte, a 7th generation winemaker 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 dosage is kept low for this rose so that the vineyard expression can shine through, which is typically what we like to see in grower Champagne. The Rose de Meunier is 100% Pinot Meunier from the vintages 2016 (40% barrel-aged) and 2017 made using a combination of Saignee for 30%, still red wine for 10%, and blanc for the remaining 60%. The vines here are on average 30 years old and are planted on clay soils plowed by horses. After harvest, this undergoes a partial malolactic fermentation before aging on the lees for six months before disgorgement. It is a fresh and powerful style of rose that shows off Laherte Frere's Pinot Meunier's beauty, with a deep core of fruit and a complex mix of herbs, spices, flowers, and minerality. This rose has some serious structure for a wine in this price range but is a bottle that can still be enjoyed young. The Rose de Meunier is an excellent choice for the grower Champagne lover and is almost unbeatable at this pricing and score. A breathtaking bottle, as Galloni says below, this is worth checking out.
Antonio Galloni 94 points! "The NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is dazzling. Rich yet focused, with superb depth, Laherte's Extra Brut Rosé is a magical Champagne in every way. Orange peel, sweet red berry fruit, cranberry, mint and chalk are some of the many aromas and flavors that develop as this breathtaking Champagne shows off its pedigree. This release is a blend of 2017 and 2016 composed of 60% Meunier (white), 30% Meunier (macerated) and 10% Meunier (still red wine). In a word: magical. Dosage is 2.5 grams per liter. Disgorged: March, 2020."