Laurent Perrier Champagne – Why Not Wednesday
Established in 1812, Champagne Laurent-Perrier has a long tradition of innovation in Champagne and can be credited with many of the ideas that have defined Champagne production since the mid 20th century. Laurent-Perrier was among the first to introduce stainless steel fermentation tanks to the region in the 1950s, resurrected the non-dosage Champagne category with the introduction of Ultra Brut in 1981, and sparked the revival of non-vintage rosé Champagne in 1968 despite the opinion of other producers that non-vintage rosés were not to be taken seriously. Today, Laurent Perrier’s iconic Cuvée Rosé remains the benchmark for non-vintage rosé champagne.
Laurent-Perrier has become one of the international leaders in Champagne based entirely on the quality of the wines and core values as a company. Laurent-Perrier is still a family-controlled business and makes nothing other than champagne. The house prides itself on quality and consistency, attributable to having only 3 chefs de caves since 1949.
Laurent-Perrier’s house style emphasizes freshness, elegance, and finesse across its entire range of champagnes. None of the wines are aged in oak, and Laurent-Perrier makes fewer single-vintage wines than many other houses. The art of blending – not just of grapes but of years, as well – is fundamental to champagne. At Laurent-Perrier, even their prestige cuvée Grand Siècle is never a single vintage wine, but always a blend of three complementary vintage years, essentially “creating” the perfect year.
Laurent Perrier La Cuvée, Reims Champagne :: $54 Sale $46 **Flute Gift Set**
The wine comes from the purest grape juice and it alone allows Laurent-Perrier to craft ‘La Cuvée’, a champagne of great finesse and a beautiful freshness obtained after a long ageing process in our cellars. For blending, only the musts of the cuvée are used, so only 80% of the grape juice extracted from pressing.
Pale gold in colour. Fine bubbles feed a persistent mousse. A delicate nose with hints of fresh citrus and white flowers. The wine’s complexity is expressed in successive notes like vine peach and white fruits notes. A perfect balance between freshness and delicacy with fruity flavours very present on the finish. This fresh and pure wine is perfect for an apéritif. Its citrus and white fruits notes and its remarkable balance supported by a subtle effervescence, make it an ideal accompaniment to poultry and the finest fish.
Laurent Perrier Rosé, Reims Champagne :: $89 Sale $84
La Cuvée Rosé was created in 1968 from the boldness and know-how of the House of Laurent-Perrier. Perfected at each stage of its making, Cuvée Rosé is acknowledged for its consistency and its high quality. It is characterized by its ripe red fruit aromas, a high intensity and great freshness. 100% Pinot Noir this wine is made with 10 different crus. Located mainly in the South and North areas of the Montagne de Reims – including the famous Côte de Bouzy – notably from the finest crus of Ambonnay, Bouzy, Louvois and Tours-sur-Marne.
2006 Laurent Perrier Brut, Reims Champagne :: $89 Sale $84
To ensure that Laurent-Perrier Brut Millésimé (Vintage Brut) is an outstanding and rare wine, Cellar Master Michel Fauconnet only declares a vintage in the finest years. Such wines clearly express the specific character of the year, enshrined in the House style.
The House’s search for a subtle balance between liveliness and ripeness results in Laurent-Perrier Vintages that have excellent ageing capacity.Though it finishes dry, with crunchy apple flavors and chalky acidity it’s also tart and supple, this is an old-fashioned yeasty Champagne with contemporary power.
Laurent Perrier Demi Sec, Reims Champagne :: $58 Sale $52
Laurent-Perrier has been producing a Demi-Sec since the 19th century, when it was known as “Laurent-Perrier Excellent”. Today it is heralded by connoisseurs for its diverse food pairing opportunities. The general movement towards dryer wines along with the custom of drinking Champagne as an aperitif, has generalized the consumption of brut. But many wine-lovers still enjoy the softness and the gentle reminder of past pleasures provided by a Demi-Sec, especially when served with a dessert.
Its bright, shining color is a fairly deep golden hue. Its nose is intense, with a range of aromas, such as dried fruit, almonds and hazelnuts, with grilled and toasted hints. After a little aging, these will evolve to even deeper aromas of honey and pine resin. The richness of the Demi-Sec naturally calls for sweet dessert dishes, such as pastries or chocolate, enhancing them with considerable depth.
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