Laurent Perrier Millésime Brut Champagne
- France, 750ml
The 2008 Millésime is white gold in colour with a fine sparkle. The nose displays both mineral and chalky notes giving way to elegant grapefruit and white fruit aromas. On the palate it is lively, the wine has depth with a persistent freshness and notes of bitter orange and lemon on the finish.
- Winery: Laurent-Perrier
- Varietal: 50% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir
- Region: Champagne, France
- Vintage: 2008
- Alcohol: 12%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Contains sulphites
- Food match: Lobster, shrimp, shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar, oysters, fried chicken, Brie-style cheeses, fruit-based desserts (tarts and crepes)
The Vintage is the choice of an exceptional year from which only a selection of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Grands Crus will enter into a future iteration of Grand Siècle. It is a rare and outstanding wine that expresses the character of the year in the Laurent-Perrier style. 2008 was characterised by a cold but not harsh winter and a dull and rainy spring. Harvest started mid-September in dry and cold conditions, perfect weather for healthy grapes which provided attractive Chardonnays and Pinots Noirs. These high quality grapes revealed an outstanding aromatic richness that boded well for an exceptional Vintage.
- Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs: Chouilly, Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.
- Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims: Ay, Verzy, Verzenay, Tours-sur-Marne, Louvois, Bouzy.
Champagne Laurent-Perrier is one of the most distinguished family-owned Champagne Houses. Based in the heart of Champagne, in Tours-sur-Marne, Laurent-Perrier has a pedigree for innovation, handcrafting a diverse and pioneering range of fine champagnes that are produced to traditional, time-honoured methods.
The Beginning - The House of Laurent-Perrier was founded in 1812 by André Michel Pierlot and took the name Vve Laurent-Perrier when Mathilde Emilie Perrier, the widow of Eugène Laurent, combined the two family names after she decided to expand the business. Eugénie Hortense Laurent, her daughter, inherited the House in 1925 and sold it to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt in 1939.
Rebirth - In 1939, Marie-Louise de Nonancourt, widow and mother of four children, mindful of their future, acquired the Domaine Laurent-Perrier. During WWII, Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt ran the business while two of her sons, Maurice and Bernard, joined the French Resistance. In 1945, Bernard de Nonancourt began an exacting apprenticeship, learning every aspect of winemaking from vine to cellar, before his appointment in October 1948 as Chairman and Chief Executive. At that point, the House was employing around 20 people and shipping 80,000 bottles a year.
Expansion - Fired by a passion for champagne, a respect for traditional values and, most importantly, for people, Bernard de Nonancourt inspired Laurent-Perrier with his independent spirit and creative audacity. He established privileged working relationships with the grape growers and cleverly combined innovation and tradition. He created the signature Laurent-Perrier style of freshness, finesse and elegance and developed a unique range of champagnes which are today exported to more than 160 countries worldwide.
Today, the House of Laurent-Perrier is the largest independent champagne brand worldwide. The 150 hectares of vines owned directly by Laurent-Perrier are all kept with environmentally-friendly methods.
- 96/100 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- 95/100 Points - James Suckling
- 93/100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93/100 Points - Wine Spectator
- 91/100 Points - Decanter
- 92/100 Points - James Suckling (2007 vintage)
- 91/100 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2007 vintage)
- 91/100 Points - Wine Spectator (2007 vintage)
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