Consider this your invitation to November’s opening of Champagne Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut. We’ve saved you a choice seat for this sparkling performance that has charmed critics around the globe.
Our BostonZest reviewers have nothing but praise for the delightful lead role so skillfully delivered by Pinot Meunier – usually offering a talented, but limited, supporting role in many a Champagne blend.
Here, the Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut blend is:
60% Pinot Meunier
10% Pinot Noir
We were impressed by:
- A toasty, chalky nose
- A big pop of flavor as soon as the wine hits your palate
- You might think it was a Rosé with that first burst of fruit – it was the Pinot Meunier taking a bow!
- Good acidity and tiny bubbles
- A lovely Champagne with a personality all its own
- This wine could develop a cult following
- We liked its flavor profile best when served at about 55º F
The winemaker points to, “... a subtle blend of our three varieties and the diversity of our Terroirs: a fine and complex blending with fruitiness and delicacy.”
Other applause from well-known reviewers:
- Wine Spectator, “Well-spiced and mouthwatering, offers a finely detailed bead and expressive flavors of black raspberry, dried apricot, orange blossom, fleur de sel and crystallized honey, minerally on the finish. 92 / 100.
- Antonio Galloni – Vinous: 90 /100
- Jancis Robinson: rating 16 / 20
It should also be said that this sparkler is imported by Oz Wine Company in Haverhill, MA. To us, seeing the Oz name on a bottle always means quality and that we’re likely to enjoy his selection.
We purchased our bottle of Champagne Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut at City Liquors in Cambridge for $45. Penny was told it has become a favorite of sommeliers in Europe.
Here’s to the very important month of November! Santé!
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