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2018 Laherte Frères Champagne Extra Brut Les Vignes d’Autrefois

Pinot Meunier

  • France
  • Champagne
Drink between 2022 - 2030 (Edit)
CT95.5 3 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 3

  • MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote: 96 points

    February 3, 2023 - How have the prices on these not gone through the roof. This is lights out delicious from the start. Think Jerome Prevost Les Beguines with added ripeness and less Sherry reduction. Really nice golden color with a red hue. Perfect balance and vibrancy in the effervescence. Melon, grapefruit, red apple, honey, Brochet, mineral and amaretto cookies. I like most Laherte Freres wine but the old vine here really lifts this.

  • grapenomad wrote: 95 points

    January 28, 2023 - Deep golden in the glass. Quite tight at the beginning, so I decided to drink this over a course of 3 hours and damn did it develop. At first the focus is on the citrus fruit and slight hints of freshly baked bread. As the wine develops, this incredible note of apricot juice comes out, complemented by ripe notes of cantaloupe, yellow apple and finger lime. Such a rich, generous Champagne that is backed up by a perfect string of acidity that brings everything up a notch. Would drink this for breakfast every morning.

  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    December 30, 2022 - First of three, got these from Caveau in Oregon who really had a great price--props to them. 100% Meunier, and I have to think that the dosage on this vintage is maybe in the lower end of the printed range (0-5 gms). Worth stating too, when I visited Aurelien in Chavot this past May, he had commented that 2018 was going to show more 'solar', a vintage where the sun perhaps had more of its way was my interpretation. It shows here. This is a fuller expression of Autrefois, lots of fruit, of tangy nectarine, blood orange, pink grapefruit, even a melon within a brassy tone. Yeah, it's got some spine here, mainly reflective within the pink grapefruit and there is some saline-like imprint too, yet the wine is as much about the fruit fullness in parallel. I have another half bottle for tomorrow's NYE so we'll see what that shows...following day, this comes into focus. I like this best with a light chill, as it charges up the blood orange, grapefruit and lime acidity. And I really noodled on what the tangy spice thing is in this wine, and where I land is a ground green cardamom. It has this complementary fit with the acid, adding a floral kind of thing that rings for me like a fresh cardamom that is infused into the wine. Strong vintage for Autrefois, really enjoyed this bottle.

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  • By Antonio Galloni
    The 2022 Champagne New Releases (May 2022), 5/1/2022 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2018
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Laherte Frères
  • Varietal Pinot Meunier
  • Designation Extra Brut Les Vignes d’Autrefois
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Champagne
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Champagne
  • UPC Code 7070292633272

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 21 (36%)
  • In Cellars 31 (53%)
  • Consumed 6 (10%)

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