champagne benoit lahaye current releases
Blanc de Noir NV
The village of Bouzy is where Benoit calls home and this cuvee highlights three special terroirs for Pinot Noir there. The final blend is 100% Pinot Noir from Les Vaux Bétins, Les Hannepés, and Tauxières, planted in 1960, 1980, and 1990 respectively. The grapes from each parcel are pressed separately. Dosage is 5 grams per liter.
Brut Nature NV
Benoit’s Brut Nature shows both sides of the terroirs he works with, Bouzy and Ambonnay. The final blend is 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay. 80% of the grapes come from Bouzy, 20% from Ambonnay. The parcels are all vinified separately and aged for an average of 30 months on their lees. This cuvee was bottled without filtration, added SO2 or dosage.
This is equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all sourced from old vine vineyards. The plots of Chardonnay are in Bouzy and the village of Voipreux (southern Côte des Blancs) while the Pinot Noir is from Ambonnay and Bouzy. The average age of the vines is 50 years.
Vinification is in, like most of Benoit’s wines, a combination of Bordeaux (225 liters) and Burgundy (228 liters) oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation does not happen and the dosage is 4 grams per liter.
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
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.
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 sulfites. 1 or 2 stirring of lees ("bâtonnage"). Bottled without filtration. No sulfite added at bottling. No dosage. ~150 cases produced.
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.