Benoit Lahaye-Brut Nature Cuvee Violaine
For this edition of "review" we look at the excellent Champagne Benoît Lahaye, located in the Grand Cru village of Bouzy on the Montagne de Reims. Due to its geographical location, Bouzy, like Ambonnay is assisted by a slightly warmer climate that produces riper grapes.
Benoît Lahaye controls just 4½ hectares of vineyards, situated in the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay as well as the Premier Cru village of Tauxières. The plots are planted with predominantly Pinot Noir where the average age of the vines is 35-40 years. He also has a tiny plot of Chardonnay on the Côte des Blancs in the Premier Cru village of Vertus. Since 1995, the decision was taken to allow grass to grow throughout the vineyards and in 2003 the conversion to organic agriculture began. From the 2007 harvest, Champagne Benoît Lahaye has been certified organic by ECOCERT. Since 2008, the viticulture has been carried out biodynamically in order to further enhance the characteristics of their parcels terroir.