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Benoît Lahaye, Brut Nature GC, NV

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Rich, Deep, Layered

Champagne / Sparkling / Chardonnay, Pinot Noir / Organic, Biodynmaic

Farming

Organic/Biodynamic

Producer

Benoît Lahaye

Grape

Chardonnay/Pinot Noir

Wine Type

Sparkling

Country

France

Region

Bouzy GC, Champagne

Vintage

NV

Alcohol

12%

Size

75cl

 

This comes from Grand Cru rated vines in Bouzy and Ambonnay averaging 30yo. Based at 55% on the 2017 vintage, the reserve wines are from 2016 and 2015. It was initially aged in 2-5yo barrels and then given two and a half years bottle ageing on the lees before disgorgement in September 2020 without dosage.

Notes on the producer

Benoît and Valérie Lahaye make quite exceptional champagnes from superb terroirs, including four single-vineyard champagnes. They have just 4.8ha of vines in Bouzy and Ambonnay that they work together with their two sons, and an incredibly muscular horse called Tamise used for ploughing to avoid compaction of the soils.

Since changing to biodynamic viticulture in the late 2000s the most notable benefit has been that the grapes attain higher levels of ripeness whilst retaining the same level of acidity. As the grapes regularly give 11% alcohol for the first fermentation and there is a natural density to the juice, most of their champagnes are now disgorged without dosage and since 2008 they have carried out the malolactic fermentations. He never uses sulphur at disgorging, and after several experiments, now bottles one cuvée Violaine with no sulphur used at any stage. Total sulphur levels throughout the range average a very low 15mg/l.

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