‘It’s not really a question of being better,’ he says, ‘but my wines attain higher levels of ripeness now, while retaining the same level of acidity.’
A passionate advocate of natural winegrowing, Lahaye took over the family estate in 1993 and has been making wine under his own label since 1996. He completely stopped using systemic herbicides in 1994, and in 1996, inspired by Patrick Meyer in Alsace, Lahaye began to work organically, in addition to using cover crops in the vineyards and experimenting with biodynamic treatments. The estate was fully converted to organic viticulture by 2003, and is certified organic as of 2007.
The NV Brut Rose de Maceration is made from Pinot Noir that is given a short maceration on the skins. This is a deeply-colored, brawny wine packed with fruit. Today it comes across as somewhat wild and untamed.