Grape(s): 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
Localization: Champagne, France
Tasting Notes: Bright and effusive, with lovely floral top notes, the 2015 is a model of precision and grace. All the elements are so nicely balanced.
Notes: 50% Chardonnay (1/3 of Chardonnay muscaté) from vines in Les Chemins d’Epernay, which were planted in 1957. 50% Pinot Noir from vines in Les Rouges Maisons, which were planted in 1983. Les Chemins d'Epernay has clay soils with a silt stratum in surface and a chalky subsoil, whereas Les Rouges Maisons has deep clay topsoil with flint, schist and a chalk subsoil.
95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: One of my favorite wines in the Laherte range was the 2015 Extra-Brut Les Empreintes, a full-bodied, layered and concentrated wine evocative of exotic fruits, mandarin, pear and buttered toast. Fleshy and elegantly muscular, it's bright and lively, concluding with a long, saline finish. As usual, it's a blend of Pinot Noir and some muscaté selections of Chardonnay.
The Domain: The Laherte estate was founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte. At this time, most of the vines were situated in a village known as Chavost.
The fifth generation, that of Michel Laherte, expanded the family estate which then covered about 5 hectares. He married Cécile Tissier, who was born into an 8-child-family. She quickly got used to working in the vineyard and managed to combine her work as a dynamic vinegrower with the education of her two children, Christian and Thierry.
Today, the 11-hectare-vineyard is run by the two Laherte brothers, as well as Thierry’s son, Aurélien. Since 2004, the seventh generation has been giving a new dimension to the estate. Indeed, following in his father’s footsteps, Aurélien understood that the estate’s true philosophy lies in taking time to do things well and being satisfied with naturally ripe and healthy grapes.
Today, all the family members are working hand in hand to preserve this precious Terroir passed on by their forefathers and to try and create wines that are just like them - pure, sincere and authentic.