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  • Les Vignes d'Autrefois (the vines of another time) is one of the more intriguing Champagnes.
  • All biodynamically farmed
  • Straight Pinot Meunier.

Tasting Notes

Colour Pale-Straw
Nose Interestingly, the old vines seem to give a Champagne that emphasizes floral and savory nuances as opposed to a more overt expression of fruit.
Palate The 2012 Extra Brut Vignes d'Autrefois emerges from old-vine Meunier parcels in Chavot and Mancy planted in 1947 and 1953. Powerful, intense and also noticeably phenolic in feel, the 2012 exudes depth and creaminess from start to finish.
Food Pairing Shellfish
Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
Notes Les Vignes d'Autrefois (the vines of another time) is one of the more intriguing Champagnes in the Laherte range. It is also, remarkably, one of three, straight Pinot Meunier that we now offer (with Egly's Vignes de Vrigny and Prévost's les Beguines). This wine is made from a single 4-tonne press of grapes from old vines planted between 1947 and 1953 that grow in several chalky terroirs in Chavot and Mancy. The viticulture in these sites is entirely biodynamic. As well as referencing the age of the vines, the name also refers to the fact that these vines are all massale selections. There is even a soupçon of ungrafted vine material in these vineyards. Like the rare Prévost wine (all 100% Meunier wines are rare!), it is always the product of a single vintage. Aurèlien uses old Burgundy barrels for the aging (including some sourced from Montille and Leroux) and there is no malo. This is a fantastic wine: delicious, moreish and super expressive, with a core of jubey, juicy fruit and unmistakable wattage of energy, intensity and length imparted by the old vines. There is also a very low dosage of 3gm (so, an extra brut) allowing the iodine-y minerality of the wine to course though. This is something special for the money.
Variety Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Body Light - Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2012
Region Champagne
Country France
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 12.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Laherte Freres
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Kristal are world reknowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.


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