La Cuvée Brut Champagne Laurent Perrier
|Grapes||Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay|
2017 saw Laurent Perrier releasing their first 'New' champagne since 1981. 'La Cuvée' is replacing their traditional Non Vintage Brut - but the House is very keen to emphasise that this is much more than a simple rebranding exercise. This is a totally different 'Cuvée'. The first upgrade is that through buying and cotrolling more vineyards LP now has tighter control of the quality of its fruit - More than 100 crus selected by Laurent-Perrier now enter into the composition of La Cuvée. To improve the 'recipe' - the wine spends an extra year ageing in the cellar on the lees - resulting in a more complex and developed taste. The amount of Reserve wines has increased by 50% from the Brut NV days - to ensure a continuity of style year on year. The cellar-master has increased the Chardonnay content which is now up to 55% of the blend - adding some aromatic freshness and sleek elegance too. They have also reduced the sweetness of the dosage by 10% - the result is a brighter, more delicate, cleaner feeling wine. L&S (Apr 2017)
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La Cuvée is the new, shiny, rebranded Brut NV, only just launched. In 2004 Laurent-Perrier got access to quite a large bit of good Chardonnay vineyards, and this set in motion a 13-year plan to adapt and 'enhance' the LP Brut. 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier from 110 growers. Base vintage 2012 with 30% reserve wine. They've dropped the dosage from 12.5 g/l to 9 g/l, and the wine spends four years on the lees. Pale colour. Lemon shortbread nose, the tiniest hint of marzipan, verbena. Needle-fine mousse and intense, sharpened, lemon-sherbet acidity. Very pointed, with a bit of lemon-bon-bon sweetness on the finish. Razor-sharp finish. Elegant, angular, classic. Rating: 16.5 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2017)
Champagne Laurent Perrier
The House of Laurent Perrier can lay claim to another famous Champagne widow. In 1881 Alphonse Pierlot gifted his Champagne House to his cellar master Eugene Laurent, who only lasted until 1887 when his widow Mathilde-Emilie Perrier took control of Veuve Laurent-Perrier & Cie. Mathilde guided the company through the early years of the 20th Century and the ravages of World War I. On her death in 1925, Eugenie Laurent inherited the company, but was unable to steer a successful path through the difficult inter-war years and in 1939, with another war looming, sold Laurent-Perrier to Marie-Louise Lanson de Nonancourt, who's family still run the company today. Success for Laurent-Perrier came in the post-War years with the House joining the ranks of the more famous names. Their multi-vintage prestige cuvée - Grand Siécle - was launched in 1959, and the iconic saignée method rosé followed in 1968.
Chardonnay is the dominant grape variety and its proportion is unusually high for a non-vintage champagne blend, being double the average. The blend is made of wines from more than 55 crus or villages and between 10 and 20% of reserve wines are used. Brut L-P is aged on its lees for approximately three years and only a very light dosage is used to preserve its balance and natural freshness.
MAGNUMS, Vinified from the first pressings of selected Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes. Matured on its lees for three years, the wine contains 40% Chardonnay, on average twice the percentage found in most standard cuvees. The Brut Reserve is dry, light and elegant with fine, pale gold bubbles, subtle body and citrus, peach and brioche notes on the nose.
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