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2016 Champagne Laherte Frères Les Empreintes Extra Brut

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Nectarines, dried apricots, tobacco, lemon peel and orange tart on the nose. Fruity and vibrant with bright acidity and silky bubbles. Zesty and flavorful finish. 50% pinot noir and 50% chardonnay. Dosage 1 to 4g/L. Disgorged in November 2021. Drink now. Read more
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93 POINTS
James Suckling

Nectarines, dried apricots, tobacco, lemon peel and orange tart on the nose. Fruity and vibrant with bright acidity and silky bubbles. Zesty and flavorful finish. 50% pinot noir and 50% chardonnay. Dosage 1 to 4g/L. Disgorged in November 2021. Drink now.

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93 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

“The 2016 Extra Brut Les Empreintes is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, a portion of which is Chardonnay Muscatel. Lemon drops, mint, white pepper and exotic floral notes all grace this intensely aromatic, beguiling Champagne. The 2016 possesses captivating inner sweetness and impeccable balance, not to mention a truly distinctive personality. Quite simply, it is really unlike anything I have ever tasted.”

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Tasting Notes

There is genuine depth and texture from the old vines and the clay of Les Chemins d’Épernay but this opulence is vibrantly balanced by crystalline freshness and a long, classy finish. A superb and unique Champagne that clearly speaks of its terroir. If you love great white Burgundy, then this has a similar set of textural and mineral qualities.

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Winemakers Note

Disgorged December 2021. This wine offers what Laherte refers to as the “quintessence of the Chavot terroir.” It is always a selection of Laherte’s five best barrels from each of his two finest Chavot plots: old-vine Chardonnay from Les Chemins d’Épernay (planted in 1957 on clay with chalky subsoils, with around one-third of the fruit the rare Chardonnay-Muscaté); and Pinot Noir from Les Rouges Maisons (planted in the late ‘80s on a deep soil rich in clay, flint and schist). The wines were vinified separately and raised in old Burgundy barrels, (with some portions fermented in second-hand DRC Le Montrachet barrels). The dosage was 4 g/L.

There is genuine depth and texture from the old vines and the clay of Les Chemins d’Épernay but this opulence is vibrantly balanced by crystalline freshness and a long, classy finish. A superb and unique Champagne that clearly speaks of its terroir. If you love great white Burgundy, then this has a similar set of textural and mineral qualities.

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