Here is a perfect example of an old ‘Maison de Champagne’ which has been faithful to nature for 6 generations. The family domain was founded by Jean-Baptiste Laherte in the village of Chavost- named Chavot today-in 1880. It was not until the fourth generation that Michel Laherte extended the estate from 5 to 10 hectares. With his two sons, Christian and Thierry, he gave a lot of thought to how to produce wines that best brings out the natural terroir characteristics. In 2004, Aurélien- a very experienced winegrower who is the 6th generation- perpetuates tradition. Aurélien works along the same lines as his predecessors with even more precision and attention to his vineyard. He lets nature run its gentle course preserving the most essential i.e. keeping vines alive and healthy. This requires regular ploughing, sometimes using a horse and giving much attention to old vines on which field selection is based to replant missing vines. The goal is to aerate the soils and encourage the development of microbial life. To make a long story short, this winegrower devotes himself to keeping things as they were, making sure the best vinestocks are preserved. He also readily resorts to biodynamic techniques. The perfectly ripe grapes coming from one particular parcel are pressed right after picking using a traditional 4,000 kilo- press.
Vinification is quite a simple process: the must is poured into the barrels by gravity flow. Then slow natural fermentation starts with the help of ambient yeasts and the occasional stirring of the lees. Finally some of the wines will undergo one or two rackings before bottling. Having reached this stage, it is time for the winegower to withdraw and let the actors- ie the vintage, the top soil and subsoil etc… -play their role. At last, in order not to spoil all this great work, dosage is light and precise. Thus each Champagne can reveal its true identity. We were seduced by such precise work in particular regarding dosage which is so important to us. Their method lets minerality and vinosity express themselves fully. Maison Laherte have placed their trust in us. We hope we will soon be able to offer more cuvees in bigger quantity. [http://www.champagne-laherte.com/]