Laherte Freres 'Les Empreintes' Extra Brut 2011
Les Empreintes ('impressions') is worthy of its name, as it is produced with a desire to give the most representative impression of each of the aspects which characterise the terroirs in which the two grapes used in its production are grown: Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Each is harvested by hand at optimal maturity, then vinified separately without malolactic fermentation in order to increase the final champagne's keeping potential. The wines are then matured separately on fine lees for 6 months, which gives them warmth and density. On the nose, aromas of black berries mingle harmoniously with more complex touches, reminiscent of game scents. The palate may appear vinous, full bodied and dense as a consequence of the wine's élevage. But the mid-palate provides glimpses of spicy aromas which reinforce the complexity and provide a very fresh finish. This cuvée can be kept in your cellar for up to 10 years under favourable conditions.