Grape: Pinot Meunier/Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Laherte Freres is run by Aurélien Laherte, who has been at the helm of his family estate since 2005. Laherte Freres was founded in 1889 in the village of Chavot in the Coteaux Sud D'Epernay, and over the generations the vineyard holdings have slowly grown to 10.5 hectares, always with an emphasis on allowing full terroir expression in the wines through careful farming. Aurélien farms 7 hectares biodynamically and certified organic, with the other vineyards farmed uncertified organic or, at minimum, sustainably. Under Aurélien's leadership, Laherte Freres has begun to produce a series of single vineyard and single vintage cuvées vinified in Burgundy barrels without malolactic fermentation and bottled without fining or filtration.
The Ultradition Extra Brut is a blend of 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir from selected parcels of vines in seven villages, in Côteaux sud d'Epernay, Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne. The primary fermentation takes place in a combination of foudres (20%), tank (20%) and barrel (60%) and bottled after secondary fermentation with 4.5 g/l dosage. The rich and creamy palate is balanced with bright acidity and minerality.