A blend of 45% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir & 15% Pinot Meunier. This Champagne has a delicate and fresh nose, with good complexity and notes of citrus and with fruit. It is fresh and supple upon entry with rounded and expressive flavours from which the fruit progressively emerges. Good balance and length.
Laurent-Perrier has chosen to make vintages very rarely, only selecting the very best years. This makes the Brut Millésimé a rare and outstanding wine that clearly expresses the specific character of a year in the Laurent-Perrier style.
The year 2007 began with an unusually mild winter and was followed by a warm spring. The picking started early in late August with a generous harvest of grapes of great maturity and quality.
This champagne is exclusively crafted from Chardonnay grapes from the Côte des Blancs and Pinot Noir grapes from the Montagne de Reims. This wine uses 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir as its blend.
Laurent Perrier Millésime Champagne 2007 has a light golden colour with a fine effervescence. It is very delicate yet direct and bright on the nose offering floral notes and a nice complexity. A bold attack of citrus flavours, great freshness and a touch of salinity. The initial attack gives way to white fruit notes and then bitter orange flavours on the finish.
This Champagne receives no 'dosage' to adjust the sweetness level prior to release. Its delicate finish, which leaves the palate fresh, and its subtle balance, make this the most versatile champagne in Laurent-Perrier's range.
Dom Pérignon is vintage champagne only. Each vintage is a creation, singular and unique, that expresses both the character of the year, and the character of Dom Pérignon. After at least eight years of elaboration in the cellars, the wine embodies the perfect balance of Dom Pérignon, the Plénitude of harmony.
The stretch of excellent weather condition of 2009 was unprecedented, and allowed them to explore new frontiers of grape ripeness in Champagne. The vintage offers a taste of the ripest and richest fruit, grapes in their prime, with the promise of the future wine's freshness and energy. The 2009 vintage brings a prodigious, sunny, bold and generous decade to a close.
On the palate there are notes of guava and spicy green grapefruit zest combine with stone fruit: white peach and nectarine. The wine opens up, with the whole complemented by woody vanilla and warm, lightly toasted brioche. The fruit is on the palate is majestic: ripe, fleshy and profound. Beyond the richness and a certain voluptuousness is a strong impression of consistency that prevails. The wine’s power is remarkably restrained. The various sensations – silky, salty, sappy, bitter and briny – converge and persist.
Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009 is a wine that needs to be excited. It needs a framework, it appeals to be stretched with contrasts.
The champagne reaches out to the "vegetable" and "mineral" worlds, calling out by sea urchin carbonara with cardamom mousse. It works brilliantly when it has something to chew on: octopus marinated in Sicilian orange juice and roasted in butter.
The Moutard family has been making wine since 1642. François Moutard's 21 hectares of vines are located in Buxeuil on the Côte de Bar, the highest region in Champagne. François is one of the very few growers who can produce a Champagne - 6 Cépages - which is made up of the six permitted grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Petit Meslier and Arbane.
An unusually warm spring led to early flowering. Unfortunately the summer saw poor weather conditions, however the weather patterns improved towards September, which allowed for a fair crop. The Chardonnay generally outperformed the Pinots. The wines have above average acidity levels, leading to a very refreshing style.
The Cote de Bars in the Aube department of Champagne region, is the highest champagne producing area, in the more southern part of the appellation, closest to Burgundy. It is on these sunny slopes that the Chardonnay grapes thrive particularly well, while the Pinot Noir berries develop unique mineral characters. This terroir is unique to Champagne with Kimmeridgian chalk and clay, which imparts pure and mineral characters to the wines. The grapes are hand harvested at the optimum levels of maturity.
The grapes were harvested manually at optimum ripeness. The grapes were pressed using the traditional Champagne press. Vinified according to the traditional Champagne method, the alcoholic fermentation took place in temperature controlled tanks, with the secondary fermentation taking place in bottle.
Prolonged ageing on the lees makes this a special Champagne, full of honeyed and biscuity notes harmonised with the weight of the Chardonnay, from which this wine is made.
Awarded 95 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue link below).
Golden in colour with intense aromas of fruit and toasty hazelnuts. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with great finesse. This Champagne is a perfect match for any white fish or seafood.
Awarded 98 points and ultra-rare Exceptional status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Grower Champagne (see blue links below).
This is quite some Champagne and remarkable for the price. The varietal mix is equal thirds of the classic trio of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Grapes are grown only on vineyards of Premier Cru villages (you'd easily clear £30 a bottle for this privilege normally) on the Coteaux de Cumières and Hautvillers in the Marne Valley, yielding great intensity and concentration.
One expects exhilarating acidity and and citrus zing in almost any Champagne - this does these in spades - but what makes it really stand out are both the ripeness of fruit flavours and the delicate florality of the nose. Pierre Bertrand see that fruitiness as “damson and pear” while we at Exel thought more “peach and nectarine”; either way, this is one seriously fruity mouthful. Florally, the makers go with “hawthorn flower” and we are not botanically inclined to disagree. At 7g/l of dosage/residual sugar, this is a drier Brut, but the fruit ripeness adds an exciting extra sensation of sweetness. Finally, Pierre Bertrand are rightly proud of their mousse onctueuse – smooth mousse – and we concur: it makes for a truly delicious Champagne experience.
Superb, quality champagne from a very small, family producer situated in Bouzy. The 60:40 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay adds elegance and finesse to the Champagne and a minimum of 3 years on lees adds complexity. This is a modern style of Grand Cru with light body, citrus fruit on the nose and apple and pear fruit on the palate. Won a Silver Medal at the 2011 International Wine Challenge.