- white sparkling, brut-nature
- Champagne AOC, France
- Benoît Lahaye
- On lees
- ~48 months
- Arbane, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petite Meslier
- 3950 UAH
- not available
8.25 / 10·750 ml·@Garage
Interesting style. Initially, it bursts with chausson aux pommes and butter. But then it reveals some canned peach, white flowers and curd. Vinous, delicate and mineral. Very nice and fresh aftertaste.
Benoît Lahaye is among those few daring growers that practice certified biodynamic farming in a Champagne erratic climate. After taking responsibility for the family estate in 1993, Benoît systematically moved towards organic (certified in 2007) and biodynamic practices (certified in 2010). His Burgundy horse, named Tamise, helped him on this road (no pun intended). You can see them together in many photos online.
Today (at least in 2021) Benoît Lahaye owns 4.8 hectares, which are planted to 88% pinot noir: three hectares are located in the pinot noir epicentre of Bouzy; one - in Ambonnay; and tiny parcels in Tauxières-Mutry and Vertus.
Since 2012, all base wines are fermented in 205-litre barriques of between new and 15 years old. Interestingly, Benoît emphasises that his style is not oxidative, preferring to leave oxidative development to occur in the bottle. He also experiments with small tanks, egg fermenters and Tuscan amphorae. Only indigenous yeast is used for fermentation. Full malolactic fermentation is used since 2008 to enhance complexity and permit the reduction of .