Champagne Laherte Freres Blanc de Blanc Brut Nature NV
This super-mineral Champagne is a 100% Chardonnay from the family's chalkiest soils in Chavot and Épernay.
The vineyards are biodynamically farmed, and not only rich in chalk and chalky clay (marl), there are also pockets of flint and schist. It's the chalkiness that drives the wine's striking, racy and intensely saline minerality--that energy, freshness and zingy, citric line--while the clay provides balancing fruit weight and texture.
"The NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs marries power with energy to a degree I have not seen before here. In this edition, the Brut Nature is decidedly powerful and broad, with less of the tension seen in some previous releases. It's as if all the Chardonnay flavors have been turned up to the maximum. Orange peel, apricot, chamomile and spice are some of the many notes that fill out the layers. The current release is based on 2017, with reserve wines from 2016 and 2015, all done in neutral oak. Zero dosage." - 92 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous