Grand Cru Selections

Benoit Lahaye Current Releases

Blanc de Noir NV
100% Pinot Noir from Bouzy ("Les Vaux Bétins" and "Les Hannepés" plots with deep soils) and Tauxières, in an area called "Les Argentières", with more chalk - vines planted in 1960, 1980 and 1990. The grapes from each parcel are pressed separately. No filtration. Dosage : 5 gr/liter (Extra-Brut). This cuvee used to be labled

Bouzy Rouge NV
100% Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1960. The soil consists of brown chalk which is quite deep. No chaptalisation. Whole clusters, some punch down and pumping over. Malolactic fermentation in oak barrels (second to third use) until spring 2013. The wine is then aged in oak barrels, without any racking process. ~100 cases made.

Brut Nature NV
90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay. 80% of the grapes come from Bouzy, and 20% from Ambonnay. The soil is brown chalk. Average age of vines : 35 years. The parcels are vinified separately. Aged for an average of 30 months on the lees, with 1 or 2 stirring. Bottled without filtration. Not all the bottles are disgorged at the same time. No Dosage. No addition of SO2. ~500 cases produced.

"Lahaye releases his non-vintage champagne as both a Brut and Brut Nature, but the Brut Nature is by far the more sought-after by those in the know. Based heavily on pinot noir, which can account for as much as 90 percent of the blend, it always includes a high percentage of reserve wines (sometimes as much as 50 percent), and is typically a blend of four-fifths Bouzy and one-fifth Ambonnay. Lahaye credits the balance and complexity of his Brut Nature to the elevated ripeness attained by organic farming. “In the past it wasn’t possible to make a Brut Nature like this,” he says, “but after working organically we can do it.” Peter Liem

Jardin de la Grosse Pierre NV
100% from Bouzy Grand Cru. Soil: Brown chalk

Field blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Arbanne, Chasselas, Petit Meslier , Gros Plant, Teinturier and other varieties. This cuvée is named after the single parcel of the same name. The oldest vines were planted in 1923 by Benoit's great grandfather, at a time when vineyards were inexpensive. The vines in Champagne usually average around 30 years of age so it is very rare to have vines that are as old as 90 years.

In 1952, Benoit's grandfather replaced some dead vines by other varieties, some unknown or now forgotten. Combined with the age of the vines, this diversity gives the wine a great complexity and rare aromas. Until 2009, the wine made from this parcel was blended with wine from other parcels. After tasting it separately, Benoit recognized its unique character and decided to make a special cuvée from it. The 2009 vintage was aged for 10 months in 225l old barrels, bottled in July 2010 without filtration, then kept an extra 28 months in bottles before release. No Dosage. ~140 cases made.

Naturessence NV
50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Up until 2002, Lahaye made a vintage-dated prestige cuvée called Fleur de Terroir, made of equal parts Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This has evolved to become the Naturessence, and is now blended from different years, although it is still sourced from old vines in Bouzy and Ambonnay for the Pinot Noir, and Voipreux and Tauxières for the Chardonnay. The soil consists of brown chalk.

Rose de Maceration NV
100% Pinot Noir from “Les Juliennes”, a vineyard located on the terres blanches in Bouzy, on the border with Tauxières, and planted in 1973. Shallow, brown chalk soils. Whole cluster maceration for 2 to 3 days, then direct pressing. The still wine is racked once and not filtered before its secondary fermentation. Low dosage of 2 to 3 grams/liter (extra dry). Production: ~4000 bottles

Violaine NV
The first cuvée of Violaine was 2008. 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, from vines planted in 1989 and 1990 - 50% from “Les Argentières” (Tauxières) and 50% from “les Monts des Tours » (Bouzy). The soil consists of brown chalk.

The grapes are pressed separately for the two parcels, without sulfite. 1 or 2 stirring of lees ("bâtonnage"). Bottled without filtration. No sulfite added. No dosage. ~150 cases produced.