Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut

Friday, December 4, 2015 10:39 PM

Why do some people go to the ends of the earth to procure the smallest production of Burgundy, yet when it comes to Champagne, insist on drinking the big brands? We wonder about this often, as we tend to prefer the unique character that artisan Champagne can deliver. Perhaps people are hesitant to experiment as Champagne prices have crept up, up, up over the years. I can tell you honestly, we are on the constant hunt for value in Champagne and whereas we believe grower Champagne to have intrinsic value vis à vis corporate big brands, you can’t always find sub-$40 Champagne that wasn’t mass produced. Therefore, you can see why we were so giddy to come across Laherte Frères Ultradition Brut.
 
 
Laherte Frères is a family-run winery established in 1889. They own 10 hectares of vines covering 75 parcels in 10 different villages. The winery is technically considered a “negociant-manipulant” but this is because family members sell their grapes to the family business, Laherte Frères. In all other aspects, they operate as grower-producers. The vineyards closest to the winery, about half of the total vineyards, are farmed bio-dynamically while the rest are farmed organically. It is the collection of these tiny parcels that contributes to the personality of the wines at Laherte. The composition of the Ultradition Brut is 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The Pinot Meunier gives the wine a wide girth while the acidity and low dosage preserve the brightness and attack of the finish. There is an intricate dance between the prominent red fruit flavors and the salinity on the palate. It is hard to point to a comparable wine for the individualistic Ultradition Brut. We say for $33.98 per bottle, why not give it a go?!
 
 
Our 38th Anniversary Sale continues on through the end of the month. It’s true we’ve sold out of a few items, but we have many, many more super deals throughout the store to offer!Come on by or give us a call, and we’ll do our best to help you find just the wine you’re looking for.

Arlaux Champagne? Yes, Yes, Yes!

Friday, November 7, 2014 10:07 PM

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TWH staff had occasion to celebrate this week, so we did with a bottle of Arlaux’s Brut Rosé. Arlaux’s Brut Rosé is produced from the family’s 9 hectare vineyardwhich faces east/southeast along hillside slopes not far from Champagne’s epicenter, Reims. Produced independently since 1826, Arlaux makes only 5,000 cases a year, a minuscule amount for a Champagne house. That’s probably why Arlaux is not a household name, except for here at The Wine House.

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With over 10 years importing Arlaux under our belt, we’ve become pretty familiar withArlaux’s signature style which showcases Champagne’s lesser known, but most widely planted variety, Pinot Meunier.Arlaux’s Brut Rosé is over 50% Pinot Meunier, therefore it has a fuller, fruitier expression than the more delicate Pinot Noir- or Chardonnay-based Rosés. A beautiful shade of salmon pink with edges of amber, the Arlaux Rosé strike a lovely balance between amplitude and delicacy.Yeasty aromas mingle with red raspberry fruit and give way to a creamy long finish.

 

 

The vine age at Arlaux ranges from 20-80 years old and are 100% classified Premier Cru. Their farming practices are “lutte raisonneé” which for Arlaux means that they are not using any pesticides in combination with careful vineyard management. Their stewardship of the land looks to a sustainable model.

 

 

One of our first customers this morning stopped by specifically to check on our Champagne selection. He knew thatthis is the time of year Champagne inventory at The Wine House expands. And then it dawned on me, holy cow it’s here, the time most closely associated with drinking Champagne – the holidays. Ready or not!

 

 

As I wrote above, The Wine House staff had occasion to celebrate this week. A local team we all like to root for in a sport we all enjoy following won an important series, so after spending the day analyzing the victory (& working), at the end of the business day, we selected something worthy with which to clink our glasses: Arlaux’s Brut Rosé. It had been some time since I last drank this Rosé. I always considered Arlaux’s Rosé to be the perfect bathtub wine; languishing in scented bath water, soaking away the stress and sipping something special and bubbly. I could sure use such a soak and a sip. A Friday Halloween sent droves of trick-or-treaters past my front door. Explain to me how it can be so exhausting handing out candy to little children? At any rate, next time you find yourself in need of something special and bubbly, whether it be for a soak in the tub, marking a win, or any type of holiday festivity, check out Arlaux’s Brut Rosé. It is a wise choice! – Anya Balistreri

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