NV Champagne Laherte Freres Rose De Meunier
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2017 base, disgorged in October 2019. This is a superb value in a market where rosé wines are getting more and more expensive. This bottling was disgorged with just 2.5 g/L dosage and is based on the 2016 and 2017 harvests.
It’s a blend of Meunier ‘done three ways’. Firstly, 60% of the volume comes from fruit pressed off in the traditional way to make a white wine (40% of this component is reserve wines aged in barrels). Thirty per cent of the blend is made as a saignée rosé (juice is left in contact with the skins for a short period). The final 10% of the blend comes from a full-blown red wine. The fruit comes from vines with an average age of 25 years for the white, and more than 40 years for the parcels that produce the red wine. The wines are fermented and aged in a variety of vessels—vats, foudre and old demi-muid barrels—before being transferred to bottle for secondary fermentation.
In simple terms this is a deliciously vibrant, complex and vinous rosé, packed with red jube and grenadine fruit, hints of iodine and terrific freshness. It is one of the best value Champagnes we know of.
* Note on previous base. “One of the many highlights in this range, the NV Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier is powerful, vinous and structured. It is also quite reticent and not at all forthcoming. A bit more time in bottle should do the trick, though. Hints of rose petal, mint, game, dried herbs and licorice add intrigue to a Rosé that is at once powerful and laser-like in its focus. There is plenty of Meunier character, and yet the best is very clearly yet to come.” 94 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous