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Benoit Lahaye Champagne Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs NV

by Benoit Lahaye
$129.99

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Sourced from a from a tiny parcel called Monts Ferrés à Voipreux.

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Benoit Lahaye

Benoit Lahaye has made small quantities of his delicious Champagne from his family vines, which he has farmed without pesticides since the mid-'90s. He began to go organic in 1996, has been certified organic since 2007 and biodynamic since 2010. Today he plows with a horse.

It all sounds almost like a cliché of the natural winemaker. But the wines are anything but clichéd. The farming has allowed him to achieve ripeness levels that he says would otherwise be impossible. That in turn allows him to make wines lower in dosage (and even Brut Nature) that express themselves purely without sacrificing any of their pretty charm.

In fact, while the Lahaye wines are beautiful expressions of their Montagne de Reims terroir, they also have the spectacularly drinkable character that the French call "buvabilité." These are wines that you could contemplate, but will find yourself drinking. Very happily.

Of course, quantities are very small. With only 4.8 hectares and a huge following in France we get very little Lahaye in America. And we seem to be getting less all the time. But they are absolutely wines worth searching out.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 93
"Formerly known as the cuvée Naturessence, when it contained Bouzy Pinot Noir, Lahaye's NV Brut Nature Blanc de Blancs is vinified and disgorged without added sulfites. Bursting with aromas of crisp orchard fruit, confit citrus and pastry cream, framed by a subtle patina of oak, it's medium to full-bodied, with evident old-vine concentration, crisp acids and a delicate mousse, concluding with a chalky finish." -Robert Parker

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Vintage

    NV

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Natural

  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Fruity

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied