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Benoit Lahaye Brut Essentiel

Retail: $64.99


per bottle

90 Pts Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media


750 mL


Closure Type


Pinot Noir, Chardonnay








ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry, mushroom, apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla


barnyard, cherry, plum, game, tomato, apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla


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Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media:

"(88% pinot noir and 12% chardonnay, from Bouzy; L19092211): Pale onion skin color. Redcurrant, blood orange and herbs on the fragrant, spice-accented nose. Rich and fleshy but dry, with very good intensity to its bitter cherry and citrus zest flavors. Closes on a refreshingly bitter note, with strong thrust and lingering spiciness." (12/12)

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:

"Deep gold. Really quite powerful on the nose. Some floral perfume and real intensity. I almost feel as though I should dab it behind my ears rather than drink it…Chock full of personality. Perhaps more of a food wine than an aperitif. Drink 2013 to 2017. (JR)" (04/13)

Product Description:

This has been a red hot producer with those who know Champagne! Find out why he's on the rise!

You know you are doing something right when people from Champagne visit the store and are excited to see Benoit Lahaye wines on your shelves. This Grand Cru Champagne producer has been red hot with those who know Champagne, and this is an affordable way to find out why!

This stunning Pinot Noir based bubbly is bold, rich and layered wth flavors. Champagne lovers will easily spend double to replicate the quality in this bottle! Don't miss out!

"Compared to the Brut Nature, this is much more flowery and fruity in aroma, its 6 g/l of dosage bringing out notes of red cherry, peach and red currant. It feels very typical of Bouzy in its forward, voluptuous fragrance, but it also shapes its ripeness well, finishing with focused, refined flavors. It’s an excellent non-vintage brut." Peter Liem

"Benoit Lahaye is located in Bouzy, a village in the region of the montagne de Reims, classified Grand Cru. He works in the winery with his wife Valerie and their two sons. The domaine, which covers a surface area of 4.8 hectares, is situated in the region of Bouzy (3 hectares), Ambonnay (1 hectare) and Tauxieres (0.6 ha). Bouzy brings structure, power and fruit while Ambonnay brings acidity and roundness. The domaine is mainly planted with Pinot Noir vines (just under 90%) on South - South West facing slopes. The vines average 35 to 40 year old. In addition, a 0.2 ha parcel of 50-year old chardonnay vines is planted in Voipreux, in the southern Cote des Blancs. Since it is far away from Bouzy, these vines are worked by Pierre Larmandier. Lahaye family has been making Champagne since the 1930's. The total production is less than 40.000 bottles per year." - Importer




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