Why do some people go to the ends of the earth to procure the smallest production of Burgundy, yet when it comes to Champagne, insist on drinking the big brands? We wonder about this often, as we tend to prefer the unique character that artisan Champagne can deliver. Perhaps people are hesitant to experiment as Champagne prices have crept up, up, up over the years. I can tell you honestly, we are on the constant hunt for value in Champagne and whereas we believe grower Champagne to have intrinsic value vis à vis corporate big brands, you can’t always find sub-$40 Champagne that wasn’t mass produced. Therefore, you can see why we were so giddy to come across Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut.
Laherte Frères is a family-run winery established in 1889. They own 10 hectares of vines covering 75 parcels in 10 different villages. The winery is technically considered a “negociant-manipulant” but this is because family members sell their grapes to the family business, Laherte Frères. In all other aspects, they operate as grower-producers. The vineyards closest to the winery, about half of the total vineyards, are farmed bio-dynamically while the rest are farmed organically. It is the collection of these tiny parcels that contributes to the personality of the wines at Laherte. The composition of the Ultradition Brut is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The Pinot Meunier gives the wine a wide girth while the acidity and low dosage preserve the brightness and attack of the finish. There is an intricate dance between the prominent red fruit flavors and the salinity on the palate. It is hard to point to a comparable wine for the individualistic Ultradition Brut. We say for $33.98 per bottle, why not give it a go?!
Our 38th Anniversary Sale continues on through the end of the month. It’s true we’ve sold out of a few items, but we have many, many more super deals throughout the store to offer! Come on by or give us a call, and we’ll do our best to help you find just the wine you’re looking for.