Benoît Lahaye


Benoît Lahaye Blanc de Noirs |Blanc de Noirs |NV

Benoît Lahaye

Benoît Lahaye Blanc de Noirs

Blanc de Noirs NV

$118.95

- Biodynamic champagne made from a top grower-producer in Bouzy

- Later-ripening style so lots of fruit yet plenty of freshness and minerality 

- Pair with pork or mushroom terrine or prawn tempura with squid ink aioli.

This is a vivacious, energetic champagne that shows the power and ripeness of the fruit grown in its south facing vineyards.

Made entirely from pinot noir coming from Bouzy (80%) and the lesser known Tauxières-Mutry (20%).

Benoit has a deft hand in being able to retain freshness amongst this ripe fruit which provides a sophisticated elegance fervent poise. Its ample, dark berry-fruit aroma persists on the tongue, all pivoted by its chalky minerality.

Technical details

100% pinot noir of which 80% is barrel fermented in 225 litre barriques. Vines planted in 1960, 1980 and 1990. Disgorged June 2018 with only 5g/L dosage. Total 8000 bottles made.

Benoit Lahaye is a farmer first and a winemaker second. Since taking over his family’s domaine in 1993, he has moved the viticulture from being pesticide-free to certified organic and then to biodynamic certification. This is far from an easy transition, as Champagne’s extreme northern climate can make biodynamic viticulture very difficult. In fact, certified organic vineyards only represent around 1% of total land. “Benoit Lahaye is rapidly becoming one of the top grower-producers in the Montagne de Reims.” — PETER LIEM.

Benoit is proud to share the positive impact his farming has had on his Champagnes. Not only has he found ripeness to increase over time, but also natural acidity levels. There is a sense of harmony and an intensity that is unique to his wines. Our only complaint is that with only five hectares of vines, we can never get enough.

 

 

"The exuberance of Bouzy glows in a full straw hue with a not insubstantial hint of blush. Lahaye’s aspiration here is richness and minerality, and the wine delivers on both fronts emphatically. It oozes with red cherries, red berry compote and fruit cake, accented with a more savoury mood in this disgorgement, hinting at walnut and even a note of mustard seed. Such fleshy exuberance commands structural support, which it offers abundantly in vibrant acid line, finely textured minerality and excellent length. This is a distinctive, characterful and crafted blanc de noirs that proclaims the magnitude of Bouzy without the heaviness that this village can sometimes exude." Tyson Stelzer

About the House

Benoit Lahaye is a farmer first and a winemaker second. Since taking over his family’s domaine in 1993, he has moved the viticulture from being pesticide-free to certified organic and then to biodynamic certification. This is far from an easy transition, as Champagne’s extreme northern climate can make biodynamic viticulture very difficult. In fact, certified organic vineyards only represent around 1% of total land. “Benoit Lahaye is rapidly becoming one of the top grower-producers in the Montagne de Reims.” — PETER LIEM.

Benoit is proud to share the positive impact his farming has had on his Champagnes. Not only has he found ripeness to increase over time, but also natural acidity levels. There is a sense of harmony and an intensity that is unique to his wines. Our only complaint is that with only five hectares of vines, we can never get enough.

 

Journalist Review

 

"The exuberance of Bouzy glows in a full straw hue with a not insubstantial hint of blush. Lahaye’s aspiration here is richness and minerality, and the wine delivers on both fronts emphatically. It oozes with red cherries, red berry compote and fruit cake, accented with a more savoury mood in this disgorgement, hinting at walnut and even a note of mustard seed. Such fleshy exuberance commands structural support, which it offers abundantly in vibrant acid line, finely textured minerality and excellent length. This is a distinctive, characterful and crafted blanc de noirs that proclaims the magnitude of Bouzy without the heaviness that this village can sometimes exude." Tyson Stelzer

Descriptors & Texture


Pinot Noir Dominant

Winemaking


Barrel-fermented Extra Brut Barrel-maturation

Earth


Mineral

Foods


Toasty

Orchard Fruit


Red Delicious Apple

Stone Fruit


Black Cherry