Friday, August 22, 2008

Wine of the Week: Benoît Lahaye Brut Millésime 2002

By some fortuitous miracle bestowed upon us by the gods of wine blogging, brooklynguy and I happened to both be in Portland on Tuesday, and were finally able to meet face to face. We enjoyed a splendid dinner together at Three Doors Down, along with brooklynlady and a few of my friends, and naturally, given the company involved, there was much wine to be had. One of the champagnes that I had brought with me from France was Benoît Lahaye’s superb 2002, which is still an infant but so deliciously compelling that I am hardly able to keep my hands off of it. So compelling was it, in fact, that I completely forgot to take a photo of the bottle that night, so instead you get a photo of Benoît out in the vines on a rainy July afternoon that’s utterly typical of our dreary Champenois summer this year.

Made of 70 percent pinot noir and 30 percent chardonnay, Lahaye’s 2002 is all grand cru fruit (roughly 80 percent Bouzy and 20 percent Ambonnay), and about two-thirds of it was vinified in old barrels. It’s intense in flavor, with concentrated notes of cassis and black cherry, yet it’s not very large in body, thriving much more on intensity than on girth. It has a sense of vibrant, almost electric kineticism that makes it feel alive, staining the palate with its fragrance and finishing with outstanding length and balance. The wood is perfectly harmonious here, shaping the fruit flavors but not at all overpowering them, and as this was made entirely without malolactic, the structure is rigid and tense. We really ought to have decanted it, but the dining room hit a bit of a rush, and I didn’t want to be a pain in the ass. It opened up more with some time in the glass, anyway, hinting at the greater complexity and depth that will come with further age. I really ought to duct tape the rest of my bottles together and bury them at the bottom of my cellar, as this wine needs at least another decade to show its best.

Benoît Lahaye is imported into the United States by Jeffrey Alpert Selections, who is apparently in Tenafly, NJ, but I don’t believe that they’ve got the 2002, unfortunately. If they do, I imagine that it would retail for around $90 or so.


spume said...

I've still got that Benoît Lahaye Brut Nature you brought last year on my wall of honorable, fallen soldiers--ie, memorable bottles of wine. Tasty, tasty wine...and would love to see more of those wines here.

Enjoy New York!

- wolfgang

Anonymous said...

Benoit Lahaye's wines were the standout new discovery during my January/ February visit. A friend from Luxembourg who I took a long filled his boot and then went back again 5 weeks later with a station wagon to restock.

Very interesting blog you have going.

Regards, Ian

Diana Alfie said...

Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I wanted to write a little comment to support you. |

Jessica Colin said...

You should comment on the competition comparison of the blog. You can highlight it's mind boggling. Your blog exploration/tour will broaden your conversions.
nblifeguard |

Julie Wilson said...

This article gives the light in which we can observe the reality. This is very nice one and gives indepth information. Thanks for this nice article.
ifakayaktour |

Emma Hardy said...

Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information. 
experiencetheserenity |

Accredited Diploma Online said...

You completed certain reliable points there. I did a search on the subject and found nearly all persons will agree with your blog.

get rid of cellulite said...

Pretty cool post. It’s really very nice and useful post. Thanks for sharing this with us!it’s my first visit.
marmeren keukenwerkblad

arroan said...

You should comment on the competition comparison of the blog. You can highlight it's mind boggling. Your blog exploration/tour will broaden your conversions. |

bravo said...

I like old stuff and most importantly Shakespeare and his stuff. He was real hero of English literature with true inspirational messages. |

Anjli honey said...

You should comment on the competition comparison of the blog. You can highlight it's mind boggling. Your blog exploration/tour will broaden your conversions. |

Philip Shaun said...

You should comment on the competition comparison of the blog. You can highlight it's mind boggling. Your blog exploration/tour will broaden your |

Anuska JAIN said...

Thanks for Nice and Informative Post. This article is really contains lot more information about This Topic. -
Packers and Movers in Pune
Packers and Movers in Hyderabad
Packers and Movers in Bangalore

Anuska JAIN said...

Thanks for sharing. I hope it will be helpful for too many people that are searching for this topic.
Packers and Movers in Delhi
Packers and Movers in Gurgaon
Packers and Movers in Mumbai

Anuska JAIN said...

This article is really fantastic and thanks for sharing the valuable post.
Packers and Movers in Noida
Packers and Movers in Chennai
Packers and Movers in Ghaziabad
Packers and Movers in Faridabad
Packers and Movers in Navi Mumbai
Packers and Movers in Thane

Anuska JAIN said...

Thanks for post this helpful post - Please visit for More information about -
Packers and Movers Hyderabad
Packers and Movers Pune
Packers and Movers Bangalore
Packers and Movers Mumbai
Packers and Movers Delhi
Packers and Movers Gurgaon said...

nike nfl jerseys
michael kors handbags
coach factory outlet
oakley vault
kevin durant shoes
ray ban sunglasses
louis vuitton outlet stores
michael kors handbags
supra shoes
coach outlet store online
michael kors uk
michael kors outlet
michael kors handbags
nike air max
coach outlet store online
nike roshe run
coach outlet
coach outlet
tiffany outlet
louis vuitton outlet
coach outlet store online clearances
adidas originals
ray ban sunglasses outlet
designer handbags
jordan shoes
celine handbags
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
jordan 13
coach outlet
coach outlet online
cheap oakley sunglasses
ralph lauren polo
air jordans
coach outlet store online
christian louboutin outlet
michael kors handbags
jordan retro
louis vuitton handbags
longchamp bags

Hua Cai said...

kobe bryants shoes
beats headphones
michael kors outlet
ysl outlet
michael kors outlet
tods outlet
burberry outlet store
cheap mlb jerseys
louis vuitton handbags
coach outlet
tiffany outlet
nfl jerseys
nike foamposite
rolex watches
kobe 9 elite
canada goose sale
vans shoes
fitflops uk
beats by dre
ralph lauren outlet
abercrombie and fitch
celine outlet online
yeezy boost
football shirts
mcm outlet
michael kors outlet
mont blanc outlet
hermes outlet
longchamp pas cher
ed hardy tshirts
yeezy boost 350
longchamp outlet
tory burch outlet online
michael kors wholesale
cheap snapbacks

sarah saad said...

اهم شركات نقل العفش والاثاث بالدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
شركة نقل عفش بجدة
شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
شركة نقل عفش بالرياض
شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
شركة نقل عفش بالطائف
شركة نقل عفش بمكة

xumeiqing said...

ralph lauren
coach factory outlet
adidas yeezy boost
cheap jordans
cheap mlb jerseys
nike roshe
north face jackets
toms shoes outlet
true religion outlet
true religion outlet

Cara Mengobati Kanker Paru-Paru Tanpa Operasi said...

Because every disease has a cure, herbal treatment is safe to use. Thank you for sharing the information

Obat Ampuh Atasi Tulang Retak
Cara Ampuh Membakar Lemak
Suplemen Kesehatan Mata
Pengobatan Kanker Rahim Tanpa Operasi
Cara Ampuh Mengobati Kista Ovarium
Obat Kebas Kesemutan

chenlina said...

calvin klein jeans
burberry outlet
omega watches
louis vuitton outlet
seahawks jerseys
timberland boots
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
jordan 8
jordan 6

istikhara ki dua said...

Dua for Love and Attraction in Couples, ” Dua for Love and Attraction in Couples , ” As Salamu ‘Alaykum to all my lovely people who are reading this. Today, I would like to throw a light on a healthier married life in Islam. Dua for Any Wish Hajat to Come True Dua for Any Wish Hajat to Come True , ” In this perishable world, there are millions of people who have their own millions of wishes. Wishes mean so much for them. Some need money, some need the home, some need to ease their financial hardships and some want to
Taweez for Making Someone Love YouTaweez for Making Someone Love You , ” If you want some one to fall in love with you but you dont want to to do long wazaif or wazaif to recite daily, then this is the taweez for you, On the first Thursday of the moon write this taweez
Kisi ko Wapas Pane ka Wazifa Ager aap ka piyar aap sey bichar gaya hai waja chahye jo bhi aur aap usey k bagher jiney ka tasawor bhi nahi kersaktey, aur usey her surat men wapis hasil kerna chahtey han tu Kisi ko Wapas Pane ka Wazifa aap k liye hi hai, Ye wazifa larka aur larki
Narazgi Khatam Karne Ka Wazifa Ager aap sey koi kisi bhi baat per naraz hogaya hai tu usey mananey men pahel karen is ka bohet ajr o sawab hai, aur hadees men ata hai k 3 din sey zada narazgi sahi nahi, tu Narazgi Khatam Karne k liye 21 bar ” Ya Maniu ” sobha aur
Wazifa To Make Parents Agree For Love Marriage
Pyar Mein Pagal Karne Ka Wazifa
Powerful Dua For Pleasing Husband
Wazifa To Create Love Someone Heart

shengda xu said...

salomon shoes
coach outlet
michael kors outlet
nike shoes for men
louis vuitton outlet
denver broncos jerseys
oakley sunglasses
christian louboutin
ralph lauren sale clearance
fitflops sale clearance

happy 123 said...

adidas nmd
yeezy boost
vibram fivefingers
michael kors outlet
cheap jordans
kobe shoes
adidas superstar
lacoste online shop
lacoste outlet
adidas nmd

Games 2 Girls said...

Thanks for sharing the information. It is very useful for my future. keep sharing

raybanoutlet001 said...

yeezy boost 350 white
rolex watches
ralph lauren
gucci shoes
new york knicks jersey
louboutin shoes
ugg boots
cheap ugg boots
ugg boots
polo ralph lauren